The Wiki article on LASIK says the risk of significant loss of vision with LASIK is 1 in 10,000. Risk of significant loss of vision with contact lenses is 5 times as high. People have been getting the surgery for over 20 years now, and I'm not aware of any studies reporting the bad longterm outcomes you're warning people about.
Is there some particular reason that you seem so determined to frighten people away from getting a medical procedure done that might make them happier?
>>The Wiki article on LASIK says the risk of significant loss of vision with LASIK is 1 in 10,000. <<
Ah, Wiki. A good source for information about pop culture. I am sure its background on Donny Osmond is quite exhaustive.
Anyone who uses Wiki as a source should bear the results of their own research.
>>Is there some particular reason that you seem so determined to frighten people away from getting a medical procedure done that might make them happier?<<
Yes — they should be concerned about long-term blindness. Except in extreme cases this operation makes no sense.
As I said, eyes cannot be replaced. It might be worth the risk to some. Not to me.
As someone else said, I'd really be hesitant to take Wiki as the final authority. Considering that anyone can put an article there, and that there is a lot of money in this field--the info in Wiki may not be unbiased. If you want to find out about it, I would suggest going to a source like PubMed, or Medline (whatever the one for the general public is).
I've heard that the risk of bad outcomes is more like 5%. I don't remember where I saw that. There's a reason people who get Lasik are not allowed to pilot airplanes. My concern (aside from having headache-inducing vision problems afterward) is that LASIK would weaken the structure of the eyes. I'll take being nearsighted, as long as the eye structure remains strong.