My Quora Post about LASIK

Thanks for the ATA.

I have interviewed LASIK surgeons about the physiology and anatomy of most people that undergo LASIK. Here’s what they say:

Over 90% of people that get LASIK surgery for myopia do so because their eyes are too long – NOT because their cornea is misshaped.

This is important because it reveals a major problem with LASIK surgery: LASIK surgery does not treat the cause of most people’s blurry vision.

Even though many people may be happy about their surgery, it still does not actually heal the eye.

If you look at the statistics in the past century, you will see that myopia has increased at astounding rates anywhere from 50% to 1,000% in certain populations. Now we have this surgery that many people say is effective… but it does not address the cause of the increase in myopia.

Beyond not addressing the cause, it actually creates a condition in the body where if the body were somehow to return to what would otherwise be an eye that provides clear vision without correction – the LASIK surgery would make that result negative.

So LASIK is a type of surgery that works against healing.

WHY do people have myopia in the first place? How do we know a specific individual’s cause of myopia?

Well, often we read that stress and strain can cause blurry vision. Most people have experienced this after a long night at work. Well what would happen if they got tested for lenses or surgery at that point? They would get a different lens or different surgery.

People’s vision fluctuates. Sometimes it gets worse… but sometimes it gets better.

But if you get LASIK surgery… you really do not want your “natural” vision to get better. By that, I mean that sometimes eyes get longer and sometimes shorter. The basic cause of blurry vision is said to be when the physical length of the eye is longer than the optical length.

How is it that one day a person could read the board in the classroom – and the next day they cannot?

The eye is supposed to be fully formed at age 13 in size. So how can a Law student at age 24 suddenly develop a disease that occurs due to the physical length of his/her eye being too long? Did studying too many books cause the eye muscles to grow in some irreversible manner? Why would this be so? Even if the muscles did grow from increased usage in close-up vision… couldn’t those muscles then atrophy as they are used less?

In other words, couldn’t the person change their behavior and use of their eyes and then have different results with regards to their vision?

It seems questionable as to why people could reverse so many other diseases but not improve vision. Especially when vision actually involves a wide variety of factors.

Not getting enough sleep contributes to poor vision (everyone knows that).

Not getting enough sunlight and outdoors time contributes to poor vision.

Being stressed and visually strained contributes to poor vision.

OKAY.

So why not try changing those things?

Isn’t there an intrinsic value in improving sleep quality?

Isn’t there an intrinsic value in seeing to it that you get enough outdoor time and sunlight?

Isn’t there an intrinsic value to not being stressed or visually straining yourself so much?

Yes. Yes. And Yes.

But that doesn’t mean a person will do anything about it, and if they prefer to just trust someone with a degree to cut their corneas to a degree based on a measurement that actually fluctuates often but people don’t pay enough attention to notice it or care.

LASIK surgery, like many other medical “solutions” really offers the cowards way out. It’s like instead of dealing with the root of the problems, just tape some fruit to the branches of the tree.

I don’t mean to be harsh here, but I have found in my years of working with people that many simply cannot take on the task of learning how to relax and decrease stress in their lives. They simply do not identify with their own agency in life or their bodies.

They are lost in their minds with little to no sense of control.

This is largely due to the education system they were raised in and a disconnect from the outdoors.

Just look back in history at rates of myopia. It makes it quite unlikely that genetics caused your bad vision.

Ask yourself:

Do I get enough sleep (truly), and is it high quality sleep?

Do I get enough outdoors time (truly), and is it high quality outdoor time where you feel free?

Do I strain my eyes often?

Do I live a balanced life?

Do I have very healthy habits?

If your answer is no to any of these questions – why not handle those before paying a lot of money for an irreversible surgery.

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