THE GUARDIAN – Surgeons view Lasik as routine, but patient advocates and some experts say the complication rate is far higher than reported
Until last year, Robin Kyle Reeves lived an active life in Laurel Hill, Florida. She made lace gowns for children to wear during baptisms or family portraits. It was intricate work that requires precision, and Reeves’ glasses kept getting in the way. So her doctor recommended Lasik.
The procedure, which uses lasers to cut in and reshape a patient’s eye, was billed as simple and quick, usually done in under 30 minutes. “It was supposed to be zip, zap, and within a couple of weeks you’re healed and life goes on,” Reeves said. “But my life has stood still since July 12 of last year.”
According to Reeves, the procedure left debris behind her corneal flap, which ruined her eyesight and causes double vision, intense migraines and eye strain.
She finds it impossible to stare at screens for an extended period of time, and can no longer enjoy her hobbies. She quit her job and had to repay deposits when she realized she could no longer focus on sewing.
“It puts a big dent on our household income,” Reeves said. “My head hurts all the time, and I can’t do normal activities. Simple things, like reading a box of mac and cheese, or putting on the same makeup I’ve applied for 40 years – I just can’t do that” …