patients and docs not seeing eye to eye sometimes. cause docs are looking at it with info that we just don't have
When my friend Dr Bob (yes the same one that gave me the Doppler) was going to medical school they were doing a lot of eye surgery to correct vision. This was before LASER surgery. See it's not the doctors' fault. They're just there, and they hear what they they hear. His response was: "Well, I'm going to wait about 20 years, and if there are no problems, I'm going to have it done."
So, true to his word, about 20 years later, he had it done. He does not wear glasses anymore. Seemed like a very conservative approach, compared to the millions of surgeries then being undertaken.
There's no conspiracy to keep anything secret, or cover up error rates. The built-in percentage allowances for error are merely an acceptance of the reality that nothing is ever perfectly correct, and that perfection is impossible.
I should not have to tell anyone here, that the conservative approach to your own health is perfectly justifiable. Let's say there turned out to be a 1 % chance of blindness. Dr. Bob would have been very glad he didn't have the correction, because when you just happen to fall into that 1% crack in the sidewalk, you miss out on doing any surgeries, driving, and what not. It is not trivial. I'd rather leave those odds in Vegas.
By the same token, when you've already fallen in, and somebody is offering you a hand to get out, that's a different story, and the conservative approach can and does belong on the compost pile, especially at my age, in my life, on this date. To them I say yes please, thank you, may you be an hour in heaven before the devil knows you're dead.