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The Complete Book of Laser Eye Surgery 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1570716331
ISBN-10: 1570716331
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“With this book, you will have a better chance of realizing your long-awaited dream — the dream of excellent vision without glasses or contact lenses.”
— Spencer P. Thornton, M.D. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Do you want to see well ? without glasses or contact lenses?

If you have been considering laser eye surgery, here is the definitive guide to the procedure that nearly one million Americans have each year. Written by the doctor who first performed LASIK in the United States, this comprehensive book answers all your questions and alleviates any fears you might have about this safe, effective, and exciting way to restore your vision.

Inside you?ll discover:

? How LASIK, PRK, and other corrective surgeries are performed, and which are right for you

? Who gets the best results from surgery ... and who isn?t a candidate

? The risks, side effects, and precautions you need to know

? How to choose the right procedure

? How to find the best surgeon ... and if you should go to a ?mall? clinic

? And much more --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 1 edition (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570716331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570716331
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian V Vance on December 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Very detailed book. Lasik is not as simple as it looks. Your doctors experience will make the differnce in the possible need for a "touch up" or hitting the mark the first time. This book provides so much information that anyone considering lasik should have it. You will be spending at least a couple of thousand dollars for lasik (or less if you go to a "puppy mill").
I was approx 20/800 with high astigmatism and am now 20/20!! Recommend my doctor in Denver (I did a lot of research)if you can make it. Dr. Spivack at the Spivack Vision Center Englewood Colorado ""
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kay Hubbard on July 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
For anyone considering laser vision correction this forthright book gives a realistic idea of what to expect before, during, and after surgery from the patient's and the surgeon's perspective. Dr. Slade makes the prospect of undergoing laser eye surgery less mysterious, less threatening. He answers myriads of questions but also guides you to the vital questions to ask both yourself and your potential surgeon. His focus is on patient education, which is crucial to making an informed decision and to managing the natural fear of eye surgery. Medical illustrations and a glossary help clarify medical concepts. Besides the emphasis on surgery the text provides basic information about the eyes such as how they function, why some eyes do not work so well, and how to understand your prescription for eyeglasses. For those contemplating a lifetime investment in better vision this book should prove an invaluable asset.

After reading the author's history of refractive surgery it becomes evident that eye surgery now a reality would have been considered science fiction less than a generation ago. Appropriately the book ends on this positive note, "With time and endless effect, one generation's prayer becomes the next generation's answer." If you choose to have laser eye surgery, just warn your chauffeur that postoperatively you may become preoccupied with reading every sign, license plate, and billboard in sight. Those of us who have experienced a blurred world can truly appreciate the out-of-this-world difference a laser and a highly skilled ophthalmologist can make--a world in focus at last.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam Lozano on December 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Reading this book before having the Lasik procedure on my eyes was like having the opportunity to chat with my doctor for days before the surgery. Of course, there is not a doctor these days that can spend that much time with each patient..... so if you are thinking on Lasik for your eyes..... this book will help you to understand your case and to and make a good decision before the surgery. Good luck!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent reference work for anyone contemplating
laser surgery. The author explains the technical aspects of
the surgery, the benefits and the population of patients
qualifying for this protocol. He begins the book by explaining
how to read a visual prescription. i.e.
- sphere (D) + or - Cyl. power (D) @ Cyl.axis
The excimer laser correction is utilized for nearsightedness.
The objective of the procedure is to change the shape of the
eye window. The excimer laser is utilized for farsightedness.
The protocol has a steepening impact with respect to eye depth.
It makes the center of the eye window deeper. The authors
explain situations not helped by the laser surgery.
For instance, the protocol cannot help in cases where there
is brain involvement which impedes the ability to see.
In addition, the procedure cannot help in assisting retinal
cell communication of images to the brain. This work
is an excellent addition to the personal health library
for those considering any type of laser surgical procedure.
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