So what do you think of this laser eye surgery, doc?
Laser eye surgery has been a subject of focus in Ophthalmology in the last few years and patients increasingly want to know about its use in eye conditions, as Jaheed Khan and Victor Chong explain
- By: Jaheed Khan, Victor Chong
One of the most common questions an ophthalmologist gets asked at dinner parties is the one about laser eye surgery. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, a lot of people wear glasses so the news of a medical breakthrough to save them from this task is a hot topic. Secondly, “laser eye surgery” can be purchased on the high street and is not currently available on the NHS. People want reassurance from a knowledgeable and hopefully neutral health professional about safety issues and prognosis. The usual answer to people's questions is a jumble of pros and cons, culminating in the retort “So why do you wear glasses then?”
Further confusion arises when people report that their grandmother had laser eye surgery for her cataracts, their diabetic brother had NHS laser eye surgery, and an uncle had laser treatment for age related macular degeneration, which turned him yellow. Pressures on