[thechat] Astigmata

matt g mrg at members.evolt.org
Thu Apr 4 22:59:01 CST 2002

> From: Judah McAuley <judah at wiredotter.com>

> altering the structure of the lens (only the thickness), I feel like its
> a pretty low risk surgery.

Not to be alarmist...

The people doing these eye surgeries aren't really surgeons, are they? Not
usually anyway.

My friend the ophthalmologic surgeon recommends against lasik and the like,
just because if it ever does go wrong he's the one who has to fix it. That's
the main time he sees lasik patients, so he has that bias against it built
in. [Side note: he has performed many cataract surgeries in far-away lands
for $12 an eye using tiny fragments of a razor blade - the pictures make me

On the other hand, my brother and several of his in-laws have had lasik and
they are all happy. Most had to have "tune-ups" afterward to make things
final, but they're all fine, far as I know.

I forget my prescription, but think it's +.75 and +1.00 or something minor,
and I've got *better* than 20/20 with my glasses on, so I'm leaving my eyes
as they are.

matt g.

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