LASIK Hypocrisy: Surgeons wont risk LASIK for their own eyes


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LASIK surgeons can be split into two categories:

  • Those who get LASIK done on their own eyes.
  • Those who don’t.

More worringly, those who refuse to get LASIK will not wear glasses in their own clinics, as they know they cannot sell LASIK if they themselves show they haven’t had it.

It is crucial, however, for the LASIK coordinator to never wear glasses while at work. “They can wear contacts, but they can’t wear glasses. If they wear glasses, all the explaining in the world about why they are not candidates for LASIK is not going to make a difference,”
– Dr. Marguerite B. McDonald

Examples of refractive surgeons who won’t have refractive surgery on their own eyes

Dr. Jayne Weiss – Trusted LASIK Surgeon

Weiss, the glasses-wearing ophthalmologist, won’t get Lasik even though she offers it to her patients. “I can read without my glasses and … operate without my glasses, and I love that,” she said. “The second aspect is I would not tolerate any risk for myself “.

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Dr. George O. Waring III – Trusted LASIK Surgeon

“I would not be willing to take even a 1 in 500,000 risk on my eyes,” Dr. Waring said. Source: Demand High for RK Eye Surgery – Critics Say Glasses, Contacts Work Best, Doctors Just Trying to Enrich Themselves by Jeffrey Weiss. Seattle Times, p.A4 7/12/93

“I don’t take chances,” says the 61-year-old father of four

Dr. James Salz – Trusted LASIK Surgeon – FDA Principal Investigator Refractive Surgery

Dr. Salz is a highly respected refractive surgeon, who can clearly be seen here wearing glasses.

Dr. Stephen G. Slade – Trusted LASIK Surgeon

“I do not believe an ophthalmologist must undergo eye surgery to avoid being hypocritical or to be able to consult properly with his own patients. I myself have not had eye surgery; I am a little myopic…

Dr. Richard Lindstrom – Trusted LASIK Surgeon

“I personally haven’t had LASIK.. I tell patients that I’ve performed LASIK on several of my partners and my family members, and I think it helps a lot”

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Read Dr. Waxler’s petitionRequest a Public Health Advisory with a voluntary recall of LASIK devices in an effort to stop the epidemic of permanent eye injury caused by lasers and microkeratomes used for LASIK eye surgery.

*A 2007 review of data from FDA clinical trials for LASIK devices, including newer custom wavefront technology, demonstrates that approximately 20% of patients report dry eyes and night vision problems persisting beyond six months after surgery.