Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Woolfson Eye Institute
Every few years, something shows up in the lay press that takes the exact opposite position on LASIK that research and clinical experience would lead us to expect. Recently, there have been some “talking heads” on TV that attempt to dissuade people from electing to have LASIK. These “experts” rely on data that has been skewed in favor of their argument.
The two primary points made recently on TV were:
It’s peculiar that either point would be spun into something controversial. LASIK has a remarkably high satisfaction rate—in fact, it’s been reported that it has the highest satisfaction rating of any elective procedure ever. Some version of both points is a part of every discussion that occurs between patient and doctor regarding LASIK.
You may have patients who need reassurance, so what do you tell them in response?
Our favorite intellectual short-cut to help people recognize that LASIK is a reasonable and safe alternative to glasses or contacts is the point we hammer home constantly: Eye doctors, in large numbers, have opted to have LASIK—and we’ve taken care of over 300 of them.
Friday, August 16, 2013 by Woolfson Eye Institute
In Atlanta, the sports page has covered Atlanta Brave Dan Uggla’s travails with his vision woes that are purportedly reducing his batting average. Does that make sense? Definitely. Unofficially, hitting a major league pitch is the hardest accomplishment in sports. If vision is anything less than ideal, how could that not impact a Major Leaguer’s batting performance. Contacts and glasses are fine for many purposes, but not if you’re trying to create solid contact with a Major League pitch—sweat on glasses or astigmatism-correcting contact lenses that aren’t working are not the answer for professional baseball players.
LASIK has come a long way. It’s not only been deemed safe and effective by FDA and subsequent clinical trials, but the accuracy of the results has been improving for 20 years with the advent of things like Wavefront-Guided Custom LASIK and as well as bladeless LASIK. Professional athletes in Atlanta who have opted for LASIK include Brian McAnn, Greg Maddox, and Dan Uggla. The NBA Team LASIK includes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Amare Stoudemire. Pro Golfers include Tiger Woods, Fred Funk, and Vijay Singh. Add to the list retired tennis legend Ivan Lendl and figure skating’s Dorothy Hamil.
What about the weekend warrior? If you’re a tennis player, a golfer, a cyclist or a participant in anything athletic, you probably don’t depend on your talents to feed your family. But from a quality-of-life perspective, vision matters–not just how well you see, but how you obtain that vision. Removing dependence on glasses and contacts so that people can perform better at the things that deliver some joy to their lives seems to have become a strong motivating factor for amateur athletes to opt for LASIK.
Doing the things you enjoy without the hassle of glasses and contacts makes sense. Professional athletes choosing laser vision correction makes it easier for those who participate at a lower level to decide how best to optimize our performance and add another dose of fun to those activities.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Woolfson Eye Institute
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