-22: Laser Surgery

Q:  Would you ever consider getting laser surgery?

A:  Of course I’ve thought of it.  However, laser surgery does not fix everyone’s myopic problems.  Therefore my actual answer would have to be no.  For many people who ask me this question, my answer surprises them.   There are many variables to consider in this situation.  Laser surgery works fine for some myopic conditions, but not so well for others.  Sometimes, it makes your vision even worse, or non existent altogether if something goes wrong  It comes down to the individual situation.  You see, along with my myopia, I also  have Nystagmus, which is a condition where my eyes move around near constantly.  Makes it difficult to maintain eye contact with a person sometimes, but for other things like reading it’s not as bad as you would imagine.  In a situation like laser surgery, you wouldn’t want to have your eyes moving around like that though.  It could make it difficult for the laser to hit the target areas.    It could mis and take out my retna.  I don’t want that.  Thatwould mean no more vision at all for me.

Also, when I consider that the starting price for regular procedures is $500 per eye if you have a prescription within the normal range of near-sightedness.  I don’t want to pay over $1,000 for something that might have a very good chance of leaving me worse off.

It’s cool that they can fix these things for some people though.  Don’t get me wrong.  As for me, I will continue to use the vision I have and make the best of it.  My life is not all that different from yours anyway.

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