I asked other patients to help explain this better.  See below for another patients' answer.


Impact of dry eye symptoms on daily life


Patients who said dry eye symptoms interfered with activities most or all of the time (%)

Quality-of-life factors

Loss of confidence 38.6

Decrease of leisure time 35.7

Frustration with daily activities 34.3

Change of activities 25.7

Depression, unhappiness 25.7

Need for assistance 14.3

Missed outings 12.9

Decrease of work time 11.4

Change of work 7.1

Other 22.9

None of the above 27.1

Vision-related activities

Nighttime driving 32.3

Reading 27.5

Working at electronic monitor 25.7

Watching television 17.9




The FDA approved these medical devices despite a very SIGNIFICANT risk of difficulty with vision during the day and at night.  For instance, Monocular diplopia related to asymmetric corneal topography after laser in situ keratomileusis. J Refract Surg. 2001 Nov-Dec;17(6):652-7.
see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11758983&dopt=Abstract .

Do you know anyone who would knowingly consent to Duller Vision, Increased Halos, and Worse Vision in Dim Light?  Many patients are subjected FDA approved techniques that produce these results and patients are Not provided informed consent that there are other devices available (like new blades) that are more likely to produce better results.  What a ripoff this was for me.  Can you imagine being injured for life when I was told it was the safest possible procedure approved by the FDA- safe as milk?


Read about the high risk for yourself (69% have night vision difficulty after LASIK). 

see P.10 and p.23 of 31


By Not providing the Patient Information Booklet, they do Not explain to patients that they really have Not determined how much more difficult than usual it will be to see in common very dim light let alone everyday indoor lighting conditions, etc. 

"the survey did not yield any surprises for doctors. ""Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they experienced minimal to extreme glare after the procedure; 38 percent said they still experienced some type of halo effect from mild to severe; 11 percent said they saw minor to extreme "ghost images" after the procedure." Seven percent reported no change and 2 percent said the procedure made their vision worse.""One of the key issues has always been the safety and long-term assurance that the process won't have untoward effects," . . . "This study gives us further confidence of its [LASIK's] long-term safety."http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=43304  

Better vision quality could be obtained with other LASIK techniques, but most Doctors use the older techniques that are still FDA approved.  How many people at the FDA and the CDC still wear glasses?  Did you know that glasses and RGP contacts also provide the following?

 “Sharper Vision”“Reduced Halos”“Better Vision in Dim Light”http://www.inviewvision.com/interwave.html

If 93% are satisfied, then 7% are not. That is just a huge number. Also, asking successes about informed consent is the wrong approach. Informed consent is for people who have complications.
After talking with numerous patients, I am very confident that the larger your pupils the less satisfied you will be with LASIK. One last thing- measuring pupil size accurately is very time consuming because it requires an expensive machine and a minimum of 20 minutes in TOTAL darkness before taking the measurement.  I have talked with numerous patients whose pupils were mismeasured.  Mismeasuring pupil size and Not providing a wide enough treatment zone has become the standard of care for LASIK. 
The only way I know to have liberty from LASIK is to never have LASIK.   

I asked other patients to help explain this better.  Another patients' answer.

HOw I wish I had never had this surgery, how i wish.  I have had at least 4 psychiatrists and 2 doctors (general medicine) that the pain cannot be that bad and it is all in my mind.  It is not.  When you cannot even sleep for hours even with sleeping pills because of the pain, that says quite a bit.  I do not know when you had your lasik, but I cry every day to keep from feeling that I may be losing it.  And of course, my family does not understand or can even imagine..
There is no guarantee that Restasis or antibiotics will work as they have not worked for me.  The plugs often create more problems because the eye is supposed to flush out what is in there and it is just leaving tears with gunk in them that can create infections. 
You are right about the hinge.  My lasik doctor did not even know there was a nasal hinge. He said there was only one type of hinge used and that was top.
Also, updating the patient booklets will not do any good if the patients do not receive them.
Everything that another LASIK dry eye sufferer said about headaches I completely agree with, I get them the same way.  You are so very right, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that helps alleviate my dry eye pain.  However, I also get them on the side and back of my head and I get throbbing pains in the eyeball sockets of my eyes.  I wish that for at least 5 minutes I could get rid of the pain.  Now maybe you will understand why I tried to overdose last year.
But the joke is on me, because it is so unfair to have to suffer like this and make my husband suffer also.  Just because a doctor got greedy.
With dry eye, when you wake up, the terrible, burning of opening your eyelids is indescribable.  Something so simple, sleeping, opening your eyes that I took for granted before this stupid surgery.  And for those of us going thru this, I do not really think anything will cure it.
I hope this helps you some.

"There is a solution to many of the problems that undermine sound health.  In a word that solution is prevention.  Prevention, which includes health promotion and education, saves lives, improves the quality of life, and, in the long run, saves money."

The Encyclopedia of Health, p.8.  C. Everett Kooop, M.D., Sc.D. former Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service.  "PREVENTION AND EDUCATION: THE  KEYS TO GOOD HEALTH.".  Medical Issues.  MEDICAL ETHICS.  Dale C. Garell, M.D. General Editor.  Jeffrey Finn and Eliot L. Marshall.