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July 1998

Confessions of a Refractive Surgical Skeptic

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(7):966. doi:

"How could one surgically touch a normal eye?" was my first reaction to refractive surgery. Glasses and contact lenses were the only safe consideration. However, after talking to happy refractive surgery patients, my attitude changed to, "this may be okay but the risk has to be absolutely zero." This is discussed in a 1996 editorial in the ARCHIVES.1

At the same time, I have lived the life of a fairly typical high myope. In first grade I was ecstatic to receive a pair of glasses. Later, I loved my contact lenses but found sleepless nights and underlying allergies made my clinical clerkships in medical school intolerable.

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