What kind of God would make me thick everywhere but the corneas?
March 5, 2013 3:20 PM Subscribe
I want Lasik. I went to two leading practitioners in my town and got conflicting answers about whether I'm a candidate for the surgery. Any opthalmologists in the house want to weigh in?
posted by fingersandtoes to health & fitness (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Doctor 1 told me I could not have Lasik because my cornea was 500 microns, too thin. (In reliance on the orb scan and pentacam measurements taken by his tech.) He said the surgery could put me at risk of a nasty complication (I forget the term but basically herniation from the cornea getting cut too thin.)
Doctor 2 said I was a great candidate for Lasik because my cornea is actually 540. He measured me himself with an ultrasonic pachymeter that touched the surface of my eye. I asked about the complication and he said it wouldn't happen because my cornea is fine; that the practice turns people away whose corneas are thin; and that he's never had that herniation thing happen since establishing his practice in 1995, in thousands of surgeries. I asked why Doctor 1's equipment would have given the other result, and Dr 2 said that the tech could have made a mistake, and that if they used an orb scan (they did, but also a pentacam) that it's not as reliable a measurement.
Now I really don't know what to do. I want the surgery and Doctor 2 was recommended to me as a thorough, thoughtful, soup-to-nuts opthalmologist; he is also a corneal specialist and he should know how to measure a cornea. Doctor 1 is a famous Lasik specialist and that's all he does (plus the other corrective surgeries).
I guess I could get a third opinion but before I do, I wonder is there anyone who can speak to how reliable the various measuring machines are? Because if I go for a third opinion, I'll want it based on the most reliable corneal measurement and I'll be asking what they use when I call around. Thanks MeFi...