Surgeon experiences ‘humanness’ of fear during LASIK

We have better and more efficient instrumentation and lasers, larger ablation and blend zones, thinner flaps created by latest generation microkeratomes and femtosecond lasers, and the ability to treat larger degrees of myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia. All of this, along with sophisticated nomograms, has led to more precise outcomes with lower enhancement rates, less pronounced and less frequent side effects such as dry eye and night difficulties, and happier patients overall.

John Berdahl describes his experience with contemporary LASIK. John admits to the “humanness” of fear of the procedure despite being extremely familiar with the data regarding safety and the thought that most patients on the way into the laser room grapple with: “I sure hope something doesn’t go wrong.” He also proves he is human by doing what we all do — assume that his experience is like everyone else’s, hence the attention to dry symptoms just after the procedure.

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