I read your encounter with Dr. Rick. I know this is a semantical issue, but the only person that can determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK is a surgeon who has examined you and done the necessary testing on you. There are many factors that go into determining whether you are a good candidate, but your refractive error I'd becoming less and less an issue. I don't personally have experience with this laser, but I know most lasers are capable of working just fine to take care of your particular refractive error. The vast majority of people who get LASIK are able to achieve very good uncorrected visual acuity, many of which achieve 20/20.
Your risks do include dry eye and corneal ectasia, among others, but these are solar risks that anyone faces. To know if you face a higher proportion of those risks, though, I would have to examine you myself. Like I said the vast majority do very well and don't have significant problems. But, I agree with Dr. Rick, you're operating on a healthy eye for convenience sake and I've seen more than a few patients who end up a little to a lot worse than what they started with prior to LASIK, even with glasses
. I, for one, won't ever be getting LASIK, just because I see fine with glassed and don't think the convenience is worth the risk.
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