One of the many questions I face from prospective patients inquiring about LASIK is “When is it safe to get hit in the eye?” The answer may be never! If the eye is hit at just that right angle with just the right force, there is a chance that the LASIK flap can be moved. Case in point: I reported the 2 latest cases in medical literature of LASIK flaps moving up to 9 years after the original surgery. The results were presented at last years American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The title of this presentation was: Late Onset Dehiscence of LASIK Flap.
So, when a prospective patient tells me they are actively involved in activities that may lead to an eye injury such as:
- Boxing or martial arts
- Occupations such as special forces
I will try to convince them to opt for LASEK, a surface treatment that involves no flap. If one gets hit in the eye following this procedure, there is no increased risk of injury.
Doug Miller is moving towards a career as a professional Ultimate fighter. He discusses his results with LASEK with me here.
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