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OH MY GOD! I just got back from my early appt with my LASIK doc and can't believe what he had to say!

He was pretty short from the moment he walked in. This was probably due to the fact that I had to be worked in the schedule, but I would have appreciated a little more courtesy from my "doctor!"

We go through the motions and I start asking him, "do I have a wrinkle in my flap, a buildup of epithelial cells under the flap, debris under the flap, corneal haze, etc." He says to me ,"notice how quiet I am. I'm doing this because we have to wait until the end of the examination to give you your results."

I didn't appreciate the attitude one bit. Then the end of the exam comes.

He tells me that my left eye, the problem eye, is healing perfectly. No scratches, tears, wrinkles, etc. My right eye is also perfectly healing.

My right eye is at 20/20, but my left is at 20/30. So I ask, why is that?

He proceeds to tell me that, "I commonly under-correct one eye to aid in nearsightedness later on in life." WHAT??? I didn't ask for, nor did I PAY for an under-correction. WTF? Is this really happening? The surgery, after all, worked perfectly. It's just that the doc CHOSE to under-correct one of my eyes without telling me that's what he planned all along.

WHAT? I don't know what to do now. He told me to wait for another two months and everything would even out. My vision would be fine and after another two months, three total, he would decide if I needed an enhancement or not.

I can't believe this. This is bull&$%#!!! Now, I'm wondering if I have legal grounds to sue this jerk or not.

I'm staring a new thread, I need help.
[QUOTE=Wilson777;4771830]OH MY GOD! I just got back from my early appt with my LASIK doc and can't believe what he had to say!

He was pretty short from the moment he walked in. This was probably due to the fact that I had to be worked in the schedule, but I would have appreciated a little more courtesy from my "doctor!"

We go through the motions and I start asking him, "do I have a wrinkle in my flap, a buildup of epithelial cells under the flap, debris under the flap, corneal haze, etc." He says to me ,"notice how quiet I am. I'm doing this because we have to wait until the end of the examination to give you your results."

I didn't appreciate the attitude one bit. Then the end of the exam comes.

He tells me that my left eye, the problem eye, is healing perfectly. No scratches, tears, wrinkles, etc. My right eye is also perfectly healing.

My right eye is at 20/20, but my left is at 20/30. So I ask, why is that?

He proceeds to tell me that, "I commonly under-correct one eye to aid in nearsightedness later on in life." WHAT??? I didn't ask for, nor did I PAY for an under-correction. WTF? Is this really happening? The surgery, after all, worked perfectly. It's just that the doc CHOSE to under-correct one of my eyes without telling me that's what he planned all along.

WHAT? I don't know what to do now. He told me to wait for another two months and everything would even out. My vision would be fine and after another two months, three total, he would decide if I needed an enhancement or not.

I can't believe this. This is bull&$%#!!! Now, I'm wondering if I have legal grounds to sue this jerk or not.

I'm staring a new thread, I need help.[/QUOTE]

That is horrible! Sorry to hear about your problem. Something doesn't sound right to me. No doctor is gonna intentionally under/over-correct one eye without telling you. This was given to me as an option which is "monovision". I had to sign a document stating I wanted both eyes treated the same for distance.

Sounds to me like the doctor already knows your eye is under-corrected in addition to the cornea abrasion. Maybe your eye is now fine from the cornea abrasion, but its under-corrected and you do need an enhancement. I was told by my doctor that there is a 10% chance of under/over correction before surgery.

I called my doctor's office today to see if I can get in before Wednesday but he won't be available until Wednesday.

Fortunately, today my vision is a little better in my right eye. I won't get too happy because a few days ago, it was better and then the next day it got worse.

You should definitely get a second opinion. Your vision is way too valuable to have it screwed up.

Good luck!
[QUOTE=Wilson777;4771830]OH MY GOD! I just got back from my early appt with my LASIK doc and can't believe what he had to say!

He was pretty short from the moment he walked in. This was probably due to the fact that I had to be worked in the schedule, but I would have appreciated a little more courtesy from my "doctor!"

We go through the motions and I start asking him, "do I have a wrinkle in my flap, a buildup of epithelial cells under the flap, debris under the flap, corneal haze, etc." He says to me ,"notice how quiet I am. I'm doing this because we have to wait until the end of the examination to give you your results."

I didn't appreciate the attitude one bit. Then the end of the exam comes.

He tells me that my left eye, the problem eye, is healing perfectly. No scratches, tears, wrinkles, etc. My right eye is also perfectly healing.

My right eye is at 20/20, but my left is at 20/30. So I ask, why is that?

He proceeds to tell me that, "I commonly under-correct one eye to aid in nearsightedness later on in life." WHAT??? I didn't ask for, nor did I PAY for an under-correction. WTF? Is this really happening? The surgery, after all, worked perfectly. It's just that the doc CHOSE to under-correct one of my eyes without telling me that's what he planned all along.

WHAT? I don't know what to do now. He told me to wait for another two months and everything would even out. My vision would be fine and after another two months, three total, he would decide if I needed an enhancement or not.

I can't believe this. This is bull&$%#!!! Now, I'm wondering if I have legal grounds to sue this jerk or not.

I'm staring a new thread, I need help.[/QUOTE]

My goodness! Sounded like your doctor needs a course in chair-side ettiquette. As a patient, I would be livid to hear that the surgeon did something without my consent. It is both unethical and unprofessional. You as a consumer is paying for the service you want, not what he wants. If deliberate undercorrection was his general practice, he needs to make it known to the patient. Generally your consent form should indicate what type of correction will be done ie monovision, both eyes for distance etc as bunnystar stated. So try to get a copy of the consent form you signed.

It is good news that according to him, the cornea is looking good. Wilson777, if you do not mind me asking, how old are you now? In the meantime, let's work with what we have. A general ophthalmologist, a lasik surgeon, or a good optometrist will be able to tell you the state of your cornea and the residual prescription and vision if you want a second opinion. In the meantime, try to calm down (yes, easier said!) and again, stop comparing your eyes and give your brain a chance to readapt. Whether it was truly intentional or unintentional undercorrection of one eye, the deed has been done. If you are approaching 40s, then you can come to appreciate this more. But I can completely understand how angry and upset you are because this was not what you asked for in the first place.

Good luck with everything and take care. Enhancement was not what you were looking for, but at least there is a solution to this problem. Hang in there!
Cheers!





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