Restoring clear vision without the need for glasses sounds like a miracle cure, and that’s why so many people have gone in for Lasik. But the procedure occasionally causes as much damage as it cures — or more.
A New York Times investigation found that while ophthalmologists rarely talk about Lasik’s risks, there are several published studies that ought to give them pause. The paper also interviewed several patients whose post-surgical complications have been tragic, from blurred vision to crippling pain. Some patients have even been driven to suicide.
While we’re generally no fans of insurance companies here at The Sheldon Sowell Center, sometimes their policies stem from a kernel of wisdom, and this is one such instance: Lasik is an elective procedure, not covered by insurance, because it doesn’t provide a single benefit that can’t be obtained cheaper and safer with glasses or contacts.