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April 1989

I Can See! Can Surgery Get Rid of Your Glasses?

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by J. Luther Crabb, 190 pp, with 30 illus, Memphis, Peachtree Publishers Ltd, 1988, $9.95.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(4):497. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070010511018

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According to the description on the back cover of this book, I Can See! was written by Dr Crabb in an effort to provide the prospective radial keratotomy patient with a detailed discussion of the operation. Dr Crabb's conversational writing style makes this text readable and comprehensible for these prospective surgical candidates.

The book is divided into several chapters. The first is "The History of Radial Keratotomy," which traces the surgery from daVinci to Sato to Fyodorov. In the next chapter, Dr Crabb discusses "The Hazards of Being a Myope." With an almost evangelical glee, Dr Crabb, himself a reformed myope who has had bilateral radial keratotomies, describes myopia as "a visual handicap which inflicts psychological trauma upon those afflicted with this refractive error."

He describes his own difficulties playing high school football without his glasses and concludes that "the fact of the matter is that nearsighted persons are often

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