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Monday, September 17, 2007 

LASIK Thought Of The Day: "Am I a good candidate for LASIK?"

Many people are told they are not good candidates for LASIK, and indeed, some truly are not good candidates. Others may be good LASIK candidates but are simply told they are not. There may be many explanations for this. The eye doctor who discouraged them may not perform LASIK, and may not want to lose a patient. They may prefer to continue fitting the patient with glasses or contact lenses. Furthermore, someone who was not a LASIK candidate a few years ago may be a good candidate today because of improved technology. For example, people with thin corneas and high corrections may have been turned away in the past, but can now be treated with the IntraLase, or with PRK. People who had radial keratotomy (RK) years ago may have poor distance vision, but they can usually be improved dramatically with laser vision correction. Some patients who have poor vision after cataract surgery, or corneal transplantation, can also be improved with laser vision correction. So, even if you were told you are not a good LASIK candidate, get a second opinion. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Mitchell H. Friedlaender, M.D.
Scripps Clinic Laser Vision Center
La Jolla, CA

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  • Mitchell Friedlaender, M.D., is Head of the Division of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Laser Vision Center at Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, CA, and Adjunct Professor at The Scripps Research Institute. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and received his ophthalmology training at Harvard University, and the University of California, San Francisco. He was a full time faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco before joining Scripps Clinic in 1986. He is the author of 6 books and over 250 scientific articles. He has lectured at universities throughout the world on conditions such as blepharitis, allergy, dry eye, and infection. He is the recipient of the Senior Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, an honor society composed of 300 leaders in ophthalmology. He has been listed every year, since 1986, in The Best Doctors in America.
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