Improving on Mother Nature?
RADIAL KERATOTOMY (RK)
CONS: May require several procedures. Cornea weakened. 40% of patients shifted toward naturally occurring farsightedness, might need reading glasses at an earlier age. Chance of glare, vision fluctuations, and pain.
PHOTOREFRACTIVE KERATECTOMY (PRK)
CONS: More painful recovery period than other procedures; may require retreatments. Vision fluctuations, haze, glare, halos, and scar tissue possible. Cost: $2,000 per eye.
LASER IN-SITU KERATOMILEUSIS (LASIK)
CONS: Legal, but not approved as safe by the FDA. Riskier procedure that may require retreatments; high level of surgical skill necessary. Long-term effects unknown. Cost: $2,500 per eye.
DATA: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, BUSINESS WEEK
Updated June 15, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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