The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery takes the study of the risks and benefits of LASIK surgery seriously, and we are very concerned about patients who have had negative outcomes. We support additional research to determine why these occur and how best to resolve them. We know that while LASIK, like all surgeries, does have some risks, unresolved, long-term issues are extremely rare and LASIK is one of the safest most effective procedures available. Extensive research has shown that more than 95 percent of the millions of people worldwide who have had LASIK surgery are satisfied with their results. Those studies also show that even patients who experienced side effects such as dry eye and night vision issues became satisfied when their symptoms were addressed and resolved by a doctor.
Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.
For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.
This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.
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