The recent paper by Pasquali et al is a quality of life and satisfaction survey amongst 226 surgeons and physicians that had laser eye surgery over the decade from 2000-10. Medicine is a vision critical vocation and the fact that over 95% of respondents were highly satisfied with the result of laser eye surgery should encourage and reassure anyone considering laser vision correction particularly as lasers and treatment algorithms have all evolved and improved in this time. The abstract from the paper is as follows
Long-term follow-up after laser vision correction in physicians: quality of life
and patient satisfaction.
Pasquali TA, Smadja D, Savetsky MJ, Reggiani Mello GH, Alkhawaldeh
F, Krueger RR.
PURPOSE: To evaluate the satisfaction and quality of life after laser vision
correction (LVC) exclusively in a physician population.
SETTING: Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
DESIGN: Cohort study.
METHODS: A 12-question survey targeted toward physicians and the unique qualities
of their experience with refractive surgery was sent to physicians who had
refractive surgery at the Cole Eye Institute between 2000 and 2012. In
conjunction, the visual outcomes and clinical information of physicians who
received the survey were reviewed.
RESULTS: Two hundred twenty-six physicians (439 eyes) met the inclusion criteria
for our study. One hundred thirty-two physicians (58%) responded to the survey
and reported an overall satisfaction rate of 95.3%. Respondents included surgeons
(28.0%), physicians who perform procedures but not surgery (43.2%), and
physicians who do not perform procedures or surgery (28.8%). Of the physicians,
84.8% reported an improvement in the quality of vision compared with the
corrected preoperative vision, 39.0% reported that their ability to perform
procedures accurately had improved and 1.6% said they believed their ability to
perform procedures was less. Ninety-six percent reported they would have the
procedure again. Visual outcomes showed high levels of surgical predictability,
efficacy, and safety.
CONCLUSION: Despite high visual demands, physicians having LVC had a high
percentage of good visual outcomes, satisfaction, and quality-of-life
J Cataract Refract Surg. 2014 Mar;40(3):395-402
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