Minai wrote:Wow, Eyedoc!
Thanks for such great info. This helps, as my husband and I are both 40+ (I'm the one with MS). Just picked up my new, very pricey pair of no-line bifocals, a few days, ago. Not brave enough to try bi-focal contacts, yet, though.
So, no comments from either you nor from Dr. SmileyFace about the risk of MRSA infection? Maybe a higher risk depending on where LASIK is performed?
My husband, an Army officer, would have had to have it done at a very large military facility. Had been thinking of e-mailing someone high up at the DOD to inquire about the risks... I would think the risks, there, would be much higher than having it done in civilian private practices. Between infection and the info that you have just provided; am just glad that my husband has reconsidered LASIK.
Certainly, MRSA infections are a huge problem for any discipline of healthcare, be it in a hospital or for an outpatient surgery like Lasik. I am personally not aware of a higher incidence of MRSA infections with Lasik, per se. I do know that MRSA infection rates are more likely in a hospital setting, and that being said, I would assume that your chance of catching a rare infection like that would be higher there.
I have been involved in about 1,000 Lasik patients' care, and I have yet to see a serious eye infection, much less MRSA. ***knock on wood***