Anecdote wrote:EyeDoc and Smilingface, perhaps you could both tell me one thing - is Lasik a one-off operation or will it likely need redoing, in the way that people who wear glasses or contacts periodically need a new prescription? I am a complete novice here because there is nothing wrong with my eyes, but I see friends of all ages periodically needing to get ever stronger lenses.
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.
For the most part, our eyes do not change much at all after age 21-25 until we reach our 40s. This is when everyone's eyes (including those with perfect eyesight, Sarah!) begin having trouble with up close focus. Lasik does not affect nor correct this.
EyeDoc wrote: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***
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