This investigative feature into eye laser surgery came about after Sarah Carter, one of the interviewees who tells of her experience, emailed me through my sell my story website . She had undergone years of suffering following her eye laser surgery five years ago and wanted to highlight some of the unexpected side effects patients might have following this procedure.
And during my research, I came across two other interviewees who also felt they hadn’t been made aware enough of side effects. These can include extremely rarely losing your eyesight to more common problems such as painfully dry eyes and difficulty night time driving.
I was helped enormously by the input of retired optometrist Dominic Devlin who is campaigning for more regulation of this multi-million pound industry.
Meanwhile, the article sparked some lively debate on Mailonline, the website for the Daily Mail. Tens of people commented – many of them had excellent stories to recite about how laser eye surgery for them had been painless and changed their lives for the better. Others had also suffered unwanted side effects.
The upshot seems to be that eye laser surgery can be marvellous for many people but if you decide to go ahead, you must be aware of the possible side effects. The majority of people will also still need glasses as some point in their lives as it is not a lifetime fix. And for some people, for whom the risk of side effects is too worrying, they might be best to continue with contact lenses, which these days have become much more sophisticated.
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