26.03.2009

Eye clinics "not giving proper vision of laser eye surgery"

Eye clinics "not giving proper vision of laser eye surgery"

By Alexa Kaczka

Most high street opticians do not give enough information and advice when telling patients about laser eye surgery, it has been claimed.

According to a study by consumer watchdog Which?, six in ten do not give adequate advice or give a full picture of the risks involved in the procedure.

Staff of Which? went undercover to 18 high street opticians and four small, independent ones to get information on the subject.

None of the clinics was deemed "good" and only seven were rated as "satisfactory", while 11 were either "unsatisfactory" or "very unsatisfactory".

Half the outlets did not consider existing cases of dry eye, almost half did not explain that the treatment would not guard against needing reading glasses in later life and one branch of each high street chain did not make inquiries to identify binocular vision.

Optical Express"s chief medical director Steve Schallhorn said Which?"s work was "misleading" and "poorly researched".

Recently, the Straits Times reported how three members of a team due to climb Mount Everest have prepared by having laser eye surgery.

The Singaporean group is the country"s first all-female team to take on the mountain.

by Adrian Galbreth


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