PIE or Lasik – that is the burning question question for people above 45 years of age.
This article will define the two procedures, discuss benefits of each, look at advantages and disadvantages of PIE and Lasik and finally will help you discover which is the best procedure for people who have spens more than 4-5 decades on earth.
Most people are familiar with Lasik eye surgery. Lasik is a method of vision correction surgery using laser technology to reshape the eye. Lasik on the hand is a corneal procedure and there is no entry into the eye. So it can be done in a Lasik suite. The recommended age is above 18 years. The corneal shape and thickness distribution has to be normal as well as sufficient for the treatment. IF there is shortage of tissue superlasik or superficial Lasik may be considered. ICL or Implantable collamer lens may be the only option in severe nearsightedness. All these three procedures are static or monofocal procedures. That is they set the power of the eye to a set distance usually infinity. If the eye can change the shape and power of the natural lens than the eye can see middle and near. That means it works well for people under forty-five years of age. Therefore, these are the procedures of choice in the age group 18 to 45 years of age.
The story changes above 45. Only a handful of people would qualify for Lasik eye surgery. These would be the low hyperopes or people wanting blend vision. Of course, they should not be susceptible for dry eyes.
PIE is a newer technology. PIE is short for presbyopia implant in eye. This is a short painless procedure where the contents of the natural lens are exchanged for a manmade plastic lens. The procedure is performed under sterile conditions in an ambulatory surgery center. The implant is made of acrylic or silicone which are very well tolerated by the eye. So naturally this question gets posed very often “Doc which is the better option for me – Lasik or PIE?” For the rest PIE is the best. It allows a person to see at different distances with each eye. Once the procedure is done in both eyes it yields natural binocular vision. And wait there is more. This is a permanent procedure. The patient undergoing PIE will never develop cataracts. PIE does not induce dry eyes. It is also superior to monovision.
Few surgeons are adept with the nuances of this method of permanent vision procedure called PIE. Hence you may not have come across much info till now. Rest assured if you were born before 1975 this is the procedure of choice for you.
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Q1. Is Keratoconus eye disease hereditary? A1. Genetics are supposed to play a part in transmission of this disease.
Q2. Neither my parents nor my grand parents had the disease. Why did I get it? A2. Your grandparents may have had subtle disease. In those times diagnostic equipment to detect this sight threatening disease did not exist. There is also a possibility that your disease may be a new mutation. Finally there is a chance it may be not be hereditary.
Q3. Besides genes is there any cause for getting Keratoconus? A3. Rubbing the eye is a major culprit. In fact there is a school of thought that this is the major common pathway for progression. So please do not tub your eyes.
Q. Does vision insurance like VSP or Spectra cover surgical treatment of keratoocnus? A. VSP covers for contact lens like scleral contact lens for improving vision in keratoconus eyes. They do not reimburse for cornea cross linking or intacs.
Q. Which medical insurance covers cxl for keratoconus? A. Many medical insurances have started reimbursing for prevention of progression of keratoconus. An important caveat is that the surgeon has to be certified to use FDA approved riboflavin. Currently Avedro Photrexa is the only FDA approved.
Q.If I have a high deductible, can I still have cxl? A. Yes you may even use affordable monthly payment plans.
Q. Can i use my flex or HSA plan towards my keratoconus eye procedure. A. Since this is a medically necessary procedure you can pay for it by HSA or FLEX funds.
Hi, Dr Khanna here, and today’s questions are related to our workforce, because people are interested to know ‘when can they go back to work?’
So the first question, “When can I return to work?” So it depends on the kind of work you do. So most people can go bat to work the next day, I know some people in the financial industry who go back to work the same day in the night because they save it on the laptop. But it’s best to keep the eyes closed on the first day, so the earliest you should return to work the next day. But for Nurses and Doctors who are exposed to bugs in the hospitals, it’s better to wait 48 -72 hours, so the epithelium is fully healed, so bugs don’t find a way to enter into your Lasik flaps. At the same time, same thing applies to people who may be in the in the agricultural industry working with animals like (INAUDIBLE – 1:00) or taking care of horses, so in those instances, it’s better to wait 2-3 days before going to work .
But here’s a question women ask more often. “When can I wear makeup, because I don’t want to go to work without makeup?” So within 48 – 72 hours again, you can start wearing makeup. We just want the flap to heal completely, so nothing is able to penetrate inside.
“How young can I be to have Lasik?” The FTA approved range is from 18 onwards, but off FTA, we can do it even younger, and there has to be certain indications for that. For most common indication for doing Lasik, and I’ve done laser vision correction on as young as 13, is when one eye is amblyopic or lazy, and then you are worried because of contact lenses intolerance, the eye should not become totally lazy. So you to stimulate that nerve pathway, so in those instances you can do. Another time you can do, is when kids are going to college and they’re more (INAUDIBLE – 2:17) some kids cannot handle contact lenses by themselves, or more prone to infections since Lasik eye surgery is safer than contact lenses. If the refraction has stabilized, usually in girls, it stabilizes by 15years, whereas in boys, 17 – 18, but if you have done serial exams and found that refraction is stable, then it can be done.
“How does Lasik work?” Lasik works by reshaping the front part of the corneal, so that the incoming light gets focused on the retina on a single point. So that means astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness can all be treated.
“How long does Lasik take to heal?” So there are three steps in the healing of Lasik eye surgery. The first one is like immediately I finish doing the eye surgery, within 1-2 minutes, negative suction created by the endothelium makes the flap attach to the bed. Just like a (INAUDIBLE – 3:27) it sticks back, so this is the first stage of healing.
The second stage is within 48-72 hours when the epithelium which has been cut grows back over the cart and spreads to all the sides. This is the second stage, and this is what we want to wait for before sending you work or apply makeup etc.
But the third stage is the long term. Over the next few months fibrosis occurs. So the flap is stuck down even more tightly.
So initially, two minutes, then 48-72 hours and finally many months.
Hope all these questions and answers are continuing to help educate you about Lasik eye surgery. Have a good day.
See a testimonial from a Lasik patient who has 20/20 after Lasik surgery with Dr. Khanna from the Khanna Institute of Lasik and Refractive Surgery: http://youtu.be/p8Zzm8b2II4
Lasik eye surgery proves to give a person a permanent corrected vision and this is why more people want to try this recent advancement. It is also known as the painless and safest procedure. However, there are some limitations as to what you can do right after having the treatment.
· Staring at Bright Lights
The patients of Lasik eye surgery will be given dark sunglasses just to dim the light he or she can see. This is because you should have a gentle view of the surroundings and this is also to prevent you from scratching your eyes.
One is not allowed to drive since the patient still needs to depend on other people after a few days or weeks or as long as the healing process is happening. Not being permitted to drive also prevents your eyes from having tiny debris such as dust.
· Applying Cosmetics
Cosmetics may infect the eyes so it must thoroughly be avoided. Otherwise, the healing process will not be completed successfully. Cosmetics include false eyelashes. The only allowed cosmetic is the eye drops since it helps in keeping your eyes moisturized.
Though exercising has no direct effect to the eyes of a patient having Lasik eye surgery treatment, physicians still prohibit doing routines as a precautionary measure. It is recommended that physical fitness must only be done after a month of having the treatment. The patient must rest most of the time and must not take long in front of the television and computers.
· Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol can halt the effects of any type of medication taken by a person so it must be avoided as well after having Lasik eye surgery.
· Taking a Bath in a Shower
It is advisable that no water shall enter the eyes for the first few days after the treatment so taking a bath with a shower must be avoided. However, one can wear goggles as an eye protection.
All types of surgery surely have do’s and dont’s and knowing the things above Things to Avoid After Lasik Eye Surgery can help you make your treatment successful.
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Hi. How are you? This is doctor Khanna, laser man here once again, bringing you up to speed with the latest in eye technology. Today, we are going to talk about a very exciting and new topic; laser cataract surgery. There are a lot of myths about laser cataract surgery and we are going to bust them all. We are going to talk about 7 myths of laser cataract surgery, which has been found not to be true and we are going to go over it one-by-one.
Laser cataract surgery is safer the manual cataract surgery. Even doctors believe that but reports came out of a study that showed that it was not the case. Laser surgery is at best as good as manual cataract surgery but not safer. That is one myth, which has been busted not by me but by published and reviewed journal studies of Europe.
Laser cataract surgery is going to be free and covered by insurance. That is not true. Medical insurance has determined that if someone wants to upgrade to laser cataract surgery, they will have to pay extra.
Laser can perform all the steps of cataract surgery. I think that is one of the biggest myths out there, thinking that it is going to be a robotic surgery and robots are going to come and do everything. That is not true. Lasers do certain steps pf the procedure, mainly opening in the lens and sometimes cutting the lens. They cannot do all the steps. In fact, some steps are done better by hand.
Cataract wounds made by lasers are better than those made by diamond knives. The reverse is true, diamond knives can make better and more precise wounds than the current generation of lasers used in cataract surgery. It is very logical why this happens, because the laser will need to see where they have to act. They are seen by using ‘ocular coherence topography’. The wounds have to made at the junction between the clear part and the hazy part which is the cornea and sclera. It is sometimes not discreet for the machines and that is why human eyes can detect them better and make better wounds.
If we do laser cataract surgery, we would not have to wear glasses after the procedure. That is not true. Only ‘presbyopic implants in eye’, can free you from the bondage of contact lens and glasses after cataract surgery and not laser.
After cataract surgery, drops will not be needed. Again, that does not hold the light of day. You will need drops. Drop less surgeries is a different concept. After the laser cataract surgery, you might need more drops.
Laser cataract surgery might be less painful and faster by cataract surgery done by hand. I feel sorry but, we have to bust that one too. When we do laser cataract surgery, we have to apply something that would hold your eye while the laser moves around making the openings and cutting the lens up. That is held by negative suction pressure, which is painful and we have to give you medication for that. For that, we have to add another step, we have to do the part of the surgery done with laser first and then in the operative room, we have to do the rest of the surgery by hand. It increases the time that you would be in the operating theater.
I hope you have seen the truth about laser cataracts surgery. It is a good procedure but it is not recommended for all based on knowledge and published studies that we have. Thank you for listening to me. Have a wonderful day. Keep sending your questions here.
Interviewer: Hi guys, today we are hanging out with the laser man and we are going to ask you a few question. How are you doctor?
Doctor Khanna: Fine, thank you and welcome to this show.
Interviewer: Okay, the first thing I would like to know. Since you have been talking about laser surgery, how long does it last?
Doctor: There are two answers to that if I understand correctly. First, what I understand is how long will the procedure take. The procedure takes a minute or two per eye. The second part if I understand correctly is; will it last me a lifetime or not. In the modern technology of ‘eye design laser surgery’, it is a lifetime outcome. 20 to 25 years ago, with the other conventional lasers, it never lasted long. All infrared group was incorrect and it did not last. Without confusing you, if you are in your 20’s to 40’s and you are a good candidate for ‘Lasik’, which is a computer, controlled active laser eye design technology. The imperfections will be wiped off for life. So it is a lifetime investment.
Interviewer: Wonderful. Now that we have asked about this part, I would like to ask you what the side effects or after effects, we can have from this surgery?
Doctor: That is a very good question. We need to know about that so that we can plan ahead and in our practice we avoid those side effects. The most common being dry eye. Because we know that, we are fashion a flapping Lasik eye surgery. Whenever you do a flap whether it is by laser or by automatic microkeratomes, you end up cutting the cornea nerves. The cornea nerve supplies the eye with sensation, which helps in the production of tears. Around 3-6 months after Lasik, while the cornea nerves are recovering there can be dry eyes. We start patients on artificial tears ointment and even put in (inaudible 02:12) to preserve the natural tears. Another side effect, which used to be more common but it is less common but still occurs is ‘glaring halos’ in the post-operative period. Treating the dry eye does decrease that incidence but is somebody is inconvenienced we do prescribe yellow tinted glassed that people wear for driving bikes which cuts of the glare.
Finally, there can be under correction or over correction with eye design technology but the incidence is very little. To make sure it does not occur we have nomograms we apply and this should measure the refraction between one to three months to make sure we hit a point and brought the patient down to zero. Those are the common side effects. In some patients, especially the younger ones there can be some inflammation in the post-op period. We do start steroid drops but do not worry these are not bulk up your muscles, they are very low dose. They do help to prevent and treat the inflammation. Infection is always a treat, we do not see it commonly but we start topical antibiotics drops a day before and we continue for 5-7 days after surgery.
Those are the common side effects that we see and we work hard to prevent any of them from occurring.
Interviewer: Very nice. We have gotten to understand two things today. The first was about the laser, how long it takes and how long does it last. The second thing you were talking about was the side effects. Now that you have mentioned this few things, we just want to know if it is different for each customer or for each person?
Doctor: Yes. Not everybody is a candidate for laser eye surgery. There are certain criteria that they must fit in before we can qualify them. Age being the first, if you are less than 18 years old, you are very mature and have developed cataracts or gone beyond 50 years of age, Lasik may not be the best choice for you. In that age group between 18 and 50, we have to see if your cornea has good uniformed thickness and shape. Shape and thickness of the cornea is important and any systemic disease has to be considered. Finally, your refraction has to be stable, which is usually the case between 18 to 50 years of age. We do like to make sure, so that we do not hit a moving target. If all those qualify and your prescription had to be under 10 diopters and depending on the corneal thickness, we have to see how much tissue can be ablated so that the safety zone is empty.
To summarize, we look at age, refraction, third the stability of refraction, fourth the corneal shape and fifth the corneal thickness.
Interviewer: So it depends on every individual.
Doctor: Every individual is unique as is their eye and all of them must pass these criteria. If there is any red flag on any of that, then we cannot do Lasik for that person. We would have to switch to another kind of therapy like EPILASIK, SUPERLASIK, ICL or presbiopic implant in the eye.
Interviewer: To ensure that the eyes are going to be well kept, well maintained and well done. How do you confirm that the patient would deserve this Lasik or another Lasik that you just spoke about?
Doctor: That is another beautiful question that you have asked me. What we like to do is; we want to know what the patient wants out of the procedure. We know all the procedure we have and what they can give to the patient. Each patient is different, 18-4 it is easier because they want good distance and the eye will change its shape using the muscles to see near. If they qualify, Lasik will be the first choice but if the prescription were high for example -15, we would offer them ICL. If a patient is about 4 or definitely above 55, then ‘SUPERLASIK’ or presbyopic implant in eye is a better choice. The difference being Lasik static vision and presbyopic gives dynamic vision. What I mean by that is; there are three zones of vision.
Distance: when you are driving a car and you want to see far
Middle: which was never important 20 years ago but is definitely important now. For seeing I phones, laptops and dashboard of the car.
Close: for reading and to see small bottles
Lasik can give you one of these three. That is why they say under 50 Lasik works well, because when you see one zone distance, the muscles are strong enough to show you the other two zones by changing the shape of the lens. When you are above 50, the lens is not able to change shape. If you do Lasik, you are able to set their vision for distance, middle or near. Whereas, ‘presbyopic’ gives you all three; distance, middle and near. That is a better choice for people above 50 and Lasik is a better choice for people below 50.
Interviewer: Fantastic. Thank you so much doctor. I am personally convinced about what you have said. I would definitely come up with more questions some other time. It is great to hang out with you. I am looking forward to seeing you again and coming up with questions that the customers or people will ask me
Doctor: Thank you so much. Have a wonderful day
Rajesh Khanna, MD has been a choice for thousands of Los Angeles residents seeking to improve their vision. As you can read in the multiple 5 star reviews patents refer their friends and family to him for the following reasons.
La Daily news leaser declared him to be their Lasik surgeon of choice. This vote was confirmed by readers of Ventura County Star. Than Newsweek showcase selected Dr.Khanna as top 15 leaders in laser vision correction surgery. In 2017 he was awarded the Top 10 Corrective eye surgeons. Sam year he was also bestowed the title of Knight By Prince of Montenegro.
One of the best places to acquire surgical skills. University based teaching in the United States is what everyone dreams of. At the University of Cincinnati he trained for sixteen months in the art and science of Refractive surgery. At SUNY New York he received training in Neuropthamology. Now after learning so much he wishes share his expertise by training a new generation of ophthalmology surgeons at UCLA.
This award was bestowed on Rajesh Khanna MD by the University of Bombay. He specializes in only the most advanced Lasik procedures such as laser wavefront, advanced surface, multi focal lenses, refractive lens exchange and refractive cataract.
In Rajesh Khanna MD’s office one can find only the latest and greatest, FDA approved instruments for the Lasik procedures. Dr Khanna, has offices in Westlake Village and Beverly Hills. .As technology advances, so does Dr. Khanna. He is constantly perfecting his procedures with the safest and most current instruments around. The patient’s reassurance can come from knowing that he is always updating and perfecting himself in the areas that mean the most to him, and that is the patient’s safety and the precision of the procedures he performs.
A journalist once asked Dr. Khanna what he would do if he had Bill Gate’s money. Dr. Khanna replied he would still do LASIK surgery but open more centers around the world to help people reach their full visual potential. Such is the passion which has driven him to complete two residencies in Ophthalmology and two fellowships. He is also on the medical staff for Community Memorial Hospital and Los Robles Hospital.
Steady eye, hand coordination are essential in refractive surgery, so to make sure his hands are always steady and ready Dr. Khanna is involved in some sports such as field hockey and tennis. Practicing these sports help him to maintain his steady hands and his light touch surgical techniques. Everybody, every lifestyle is unique. To Dr. Khanna creating the best possible vision for each lifestyle is important. Every patient is treated like a star. Perhaps that is why so many stars themselves have come to Dr. Khanna.
Rajesh Khanna MD is a miracle worker- Monique Gibbs
Dr. Khanna knows you can choose any LASIK surgeon in Los Angeles so he appreciates his patients, and enjoys the fact that he is helping you see better. You will be happy with your choice. He has personally performed thousands of vision correction surgeries since 1991. More important than numbers however, is quality and results. Your happiness is Dr, Khanna’s goal and he feels his work is not done until you are satisfied. Dr. Khanna’s skills just don’t benefit LASIK patients but others as well. He also specializes in multifocal lenses, refractive lens exchange and refractive cataract.
Rajesh Khanna, MD is sought after contributor to newspapers, online magazines and other media outlets. has been quoted in various magazines and has been interviewed for radio as well as other printed materials. Word of his skill and composure have gotten around and everybody from movie stars, radio personalities, doctors and more have come to have surgery with Dr. Khanna. He is backed by other doctors from around the globe and has received many International Honors for his work in vision care. Dr. Khanna is a current member of the UCLA voluntary faculty, where he shares his surgical skills and expertise in the safest and most effective forms of refractive surgery with a new generation of ophthalmic surgeons. He is also an active member of the top ophthalmology organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Above everything else safety remains his number one concern that is why he personally examines all his patients to rule out any thing that could complicate the LASIK procedure or be damaging to the patient’s eyes. In his quest for safety he has stumbled into a new procedure that is safer and more accurate. Super LASIK, LASIK of the 21st surgery is for those who may not qualify for wavefront LASIK, and results with this new procedure are outstanding and safer than LASIK. Come and see Dr. Khanna and together you can work out a plan that’s right for you. In the end patients are so happy and moved by this experience and their new clear vision that they refer Dr. Khanna to all their friends and family. Other patients of his even include his own staff. When dealing with Dr. Khanna you can expect only the best. He is driven by the need to make sure that the patient and the procedure they will face is safe and free from any pain. Rajesh Khanna, MD has completed school in India and in the United States as well as performing thousands of surgeries since 1991. It is with such extensive training and the repetition of his craft that he finds his confidence and where you, the patient, find comfort.
FDA approves iDesign Lasik for mixed astigmatism. Mixed astigmatism is the most problematic of refractive disorders. The two curvatures are are unequal. Thier relationship with the length of the eye causes one curvature to be farsighted and the other to be nearsighted. With the iDesign wavescan studio system, doctors can map the most extensive visual path of the eye. This helps in generating a very accurate ma of the problems in eye which the laser can than fix.
You may not even realize you are suffering from mixed astigmatism. A person with defect of the eye is not able to see sharp inspite of glasses. The vision can fluctuate. Contact lens slip and fall off. With blinking contacts can move and make vision blurry. You may even have redness of eyes requiring visine. Headaches may be a symptom.Many patients suffer through life. Some have been turned doen for lasik eye surgery previously as laser were not adept at getting good results with this anamoly.
We at Khanan Vision Institute want to help you in your battle against mixed astigmatism. We are offering a free analysis of your eyes on the idesign wavescan studio. The best part is you even get to take your idesign waveprints home. Call (310) 482 1240 to schedule your consult.
In the FDA approved clinical study of the idesign lasik eye surgery, 91.9% of 149 eyes reached uncorrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better without glasses at 3 months after surgery. Of interest was the fact that the eyes were stable at three months.
Rajesh Khanna MD opines this approval is a giant leap in the accuracy for this complicated disease. He is one of the handful of lasik doctors in Los Angeles and Ventura counties offering this new safer lasik technology.
Dr Rajesh Khanna is an accomplished lasik eye surgeon based in Beverly Hills. Many people travel hundreds of miles to come and have their vision improved by this los Angeles laser eye surgeon.Lets us look at the qualities which attract thousands of patients to this magnificent eye MD.
Dr Khanna received his training from the top medical institutions. He was amongst the top in his class. He was the President and valedectorian at his high school. HE skipped college to enter medical school. He did his first ophthalmic residency in King Edward Memorial Hospital. This was followed by another residency in SUNY Downstate Brooklyn.
Dr.K as he is often referred to, has helped thousands of people improve their sight. He has been operating on eyes since 1990. Yes! He implanted his first multifocal lens in 1992. He treats patients like family. So he had no hesitation in operation on his mom and son.
Fellowships: Dr Rajesh Khanna has done specialized training in Corneal and Lasik Eye Surgery. This was followed by training in neuropththalmology. This unique training allows him to have a unique perspective of refractive surgery an vision.
Certifications: Where should we start. This cutting edge doc keeps receiving new certifications every few months. He is certified on numerous lasers – Summit, Visx, Nidek, Ladarvision, Allegretto, Lensx and Catalys.
Sportsman: An avid swimmer and hiker. He is best known for being a goal scorer in field hockey
Philanthropist: Helping the less fortunate in our community is his passion.
Radio Host: This wonderful doc has hosted talk shows in English and Spanish
Author: The contact Lens Manual, The Miracle of Pi in Eye,
Newspaper Columnist: Every month people await his column Aye Eye Doc.
Developer of top rated apps : #1 app on Keratoconus on google play store.
Call his office at 805 230 2126 now!
Cadet Williams stepped up and took his seat in the doctor’s chair. He was nervous. He was pretty sure he didn’t need eye surgery. His vision with glasses was 20/20 last year.
Laserman stepped up and shined a light in Cadet Williams’ eye.
Cadet Williams blinked. Laserman flashed a light in his other eye.
After the exam, Cadet Williams stood and straightened out his uniform. He waited for the doctor to say something, but Laserman was simply making notes in his journal, not saying a word. Finally, Cadet Williams couldn’t stand the silence any longer.
Laserman turned around and saw the cadet standing with his arms crossed.
“Did I pass?”
“Yes, you did. Be here next week for the surgery.”
“Yes,” Laserman cleared his throat. “Lasik eye surgery.”
“But you said I passed the exam.”
“You did. Everyone with Astigmatism gets the Laser eye surgery.”
Cadet Williams stuttered. He didn’t understand why he needed surgery if his eyesight was good.
“I’m just going to reshape your eyes slightly. Since we’ve been performing this operation on new officers, we’ve seen a decrease in crime by twenty-five percent. Officers are better equipped to handle the challenges of police work. They respond faster, see more while on duty, and the citizens are safer as a result.”
Cadet Williams couldn’t believe his ears. He walked away scratching his head. When he entered the doctor’s waiting room lobby he noticed all the other cadets waiting patiently for their exam. He saw his friend Cadet Plantain. He walked over and took a seat next to Cadet Plantain.
“I’ve got to have Lasik eye surgery,” he said.
Cadet Plantain looked up from the magazine he was reading.
“I know. My brother did this last year. He said he’s fifteen percent more responsive since he had it done.”
On his way home from the doctor’s office, Cadet Williams saw a man snatch a woman’s purse. He stopped his car and ran after the purse snatcher. He chased him for three blocks before the snatcher jumped a fence, dropping the lady’s purse along the way. Cadet William knocked off his glasses while attempting the jump. He stopped to pick his glasses and grabbed the woman’s purse, letting the snatcher get away.
He took the woman’s purse back to her and apologized for not being able to catch thief.
“That’s okay,” she said, fumbling through her purse. “He took my wallet!”
Cadet Williams felt bad that he didn’t catch the purse snatcher. He thought back to what his friend Cadet Plantain had said about improving his brother’s response time after Lasik.
“Maybe I could use a little eye surgery, after all,” he said.
The next day, he arrived for training and went to Laserman’s office. He told the doctor about the incident with the purse snatcher.
“Yes, that was a staged event,” said Laserman. “Ninety-five percent of graduating cadets report catching the purse snatcher after surgery. Only fifty-nine do so before surgery.”
“So when is the surgery taking place,” Cadet Williams asked.
“When we confirm that you’re graduating,” Laserman said.
Cadet Williams smiled at the Lasik doctor. He knew he would be graduating. He left the doctor’s office and went to class, grinning bigger than ever.
This story highlights that lasik eye surgery may be beneficial to detectives, Sherrifs and police officers. It does not mean to portray that cops who have not had laser eye surgery are in anyway inferior. This tale is for educational and entertainment purposes only.