There are many reasons not to have LASIK. Get the facts before you place your vision at risk. 1. LASIK causes dry eye 2. LASIK results in loss of visual quality – loss of contrast sensitivity, night vision problems, multiple images, halos, and starbursts. A published review of data for all FDA-approved lasers showed that six months after LASIK, 17.5 percent of patients reported halos, 19.7 percent reported glare (starbursts), 19.3 percent had night-driving problems and 21 percent complained of eye dryness. 3. The cornea is incapable of complete wound healing after LASIK. Researchers found that the flap heals to only 2.4% of normal tensile strength. Collagen bands of the cornea provide its form and strength. LASIK severs these collagen bands and thins the cornea, resulting in permanent weakening. The thinner, weaker post-LASIK cornea is more susceptible to forward bulging due to normal intraocular pressure, which may progress to a condition known as keratectasia and corneal failure, requiring corneal transplant. 4. The true rate of LASIK complications is unknown 5. LASIK results in loss of near vision. Nearsighted patients who do not have LASIK retain the ability to see up close naturally after the age of 40 simply by removing their glasses. LASIK patients over the age of 40 may discover they have traded one pair of glasses for another. 6. There are long-term negative consequences of LASIK. LASIK affects the accuracy of intraocular pressure measurements. Vision-threatening

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