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I had some time today to answer some questions. I will start answering questions at 11 AM PST and will continue to do so until about 5 PM PST.

**My bio**: Dr.Robert T. Lin founded IQ Laser Vision in 1999 on the premise of providing the best vision correction experience available. As the Center’s Medical Director, Dr. Lin ensures that all IQ Laser Vision Centers are equipped with the most advanced technology. Much like the staff he hires, Dr. Lin and his team are prepared to undertake the meticulous task of patient care; being thoroughly precise with each surgery performed. For over 20 years, Dr. Lin has successfully performed more than 50,000 refractive procedures. As one of California’s most experienced eye surgeons, he believes in the importance of personalized care and takes pride in developing a genuine relationship by treating each patient like family.

**My Proof:** https://imgur.com/LTxwmWT

Robert T. Lin, M.D.

**Disclaimer Even though I am a medical professional, you are taking my advice at your own risk. This IamA is not a replacement for seeing a physician. If you have any concerns please be sure to follow up with your LASIK specialist if you’d like more information. A reply does not constitute a physician/patient relationship.**

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35 Comments

  1. uniquadotcom

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Have you ever had a patient experience long time negative side effects from the surgery procedure? Thank you!

    Reply

  2. todd10k

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Is it true that the “skin” of the eye never fully heals and rubbing it can cause it to tear and you might even go blind?

    Reply

  3. ncraniel

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I’m considering LASIK, but I get very anxious with anything regarding my eyes (I can barely use eye drops). Would I be aware/remember the procedure?

    Reply

  4. EpicDragonRaptor

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I live in California so this thought is on the top of my head. What happens if there happens to be an earthquake during the surgery? Does the laser detect it and has some sort of safety shutdown?

    Reply

  5. Lascivian

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Hello dr Lin,

    I have albinism and about 50% reduced eyesight. I have a higher sensibility to light than the average person, but nothing extreme.

    Could LASIK do anything to help my vision?

    Reply

  6. GrinningPariah

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I’ve heard that LASIK can worsen the near-vision degeneration that happens naturally as you age, is that accurate? How bad is it?

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  7. RoyMustangela

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    How bad would you say your vision should be for Lasik to be worth the risks? I think I’m like -2.5 or something and I’d love to get Lasik but on the other hand it’s not like contacts are that big of a deal

    Reply

  8. pinopino

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    DR, is it possible today to have good result with -12.00 ?

    Reply

  9. Warlock420

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I’ve been considering getting lasek, but when my optometrist checks my eyes, I always tear up when he shines light on them. He says my eyes are likely too sensitive for lasek. Is this a true concern and if so why? Thanks!

    Reply

  10. AuKrispy

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Dr. Lin, with all the new lasers coming out and competition in your field, there seems to be a lot of “snake oil” and advertisement shenanigans. What should a patient shopping around truely care about?

    Reply

  11. jimmy5462

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Is it safe to get it done more than once? I had it 10 years ago but one eye is a little out of focus for reading and I’ve been thinking about getting it fixed.

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  12. 1cculu5

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for doing this! I got lasik about 5 years ago, it is hard for me to see at night and bright lights look like I’m wearing smudgy glasses. What’s up with that?

    Reply

  13. staamatis

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    During the procedure, do you have to not move your eye at all by yourself? I know it sounds like a dumb question but I’m a very twitchy person even my eyes. Or would I be passed out?

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  14. FancyCooters

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I decided to get LASIK done about 6 months ago and I regularly recommend it to anyone I hear complain about contacts and/or glasses. I had fantastic results. That said, I find it interesting that so many optometrists as well as my LASIK surgeon wear glasses. Seems to be a big point for those that are so adamantly opposed to LASIK. What’s the deal?

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  15. WELLinTHIShouse

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    **I had LASIK back in 2004.** It was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. Inevitably, I’ve rubbed my eyes quite a bit since then, and my vision is starting to get worse again. I bought an “insurance plan” that would let me get my eyes re-done if it ever became an issue, but since the first procedure resulted in increased photosensitivity, difficulty driving at night, and difficulty reading street signs, I’m a little wary about going back and making the side effects worse.

    **My question is this: Has the LASIK procedure changed over the last 13 years? Are side effects less likely to occur today than they were in 2004, or are the risks the same?**

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  16. _tx

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Obviously I’m not asking for a medical opinion, but in general, are people with astigma candidates?

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  17. beer_drinking_robot

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    The day after my LASIK procedure a few years back, I lost vision for about 30 seconds. In the days that followed, I noticed more and more “floaters”, which have built to the point that they interfere with my vision while reading or using a computer. I called my LASIK office, and they said I had an “ocular migraine”, and it’s unrelated to my procedure. That seemed like BS. Were they just covering their butts?

    Also, I was told by some follow up docs (not at the same office) that I’m pretty much stuck with the floaters. Is that still the case?

    Reply

  18. Zed_Kay

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I work as a craftsman on small items, even when my I was young and didn’t need glasses I used headgear, 3X optivisors.

    When you do your procedure do you have the ability to tweak your procedure to give me shorter focal length?

    Reply

  19. surrounded-by-morons

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Hi, My 12 year old has been wearing glasses since 9 months old. He hates it. I believe his vision is -6.0 if it matters. At what age would he be eligible for corrective surgery?

    Reply

  20. BestStannum

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Hello Dr. Lin,

    How important are the check ups post surgery? I had my 1 day and 1 week check up. However, I moved away from where I had my SMILE surgery and I won’t be able to do any more check ups there. Is it okay to go without check ups or should I find another doctor in my area for checkups?

    Reply

  21. arpanati

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Because I worry that I might have a serious, irreversible post surgery issue (like permanent halos, or night time vision problems), I would like to do just one eye. I could wear glasses with one side power lens. After a year or so (assuming no bad effects), I would do the other eye. I am currently at around – 6 diopters in each eye, with astigmatism. I was told it is not recommended to do just one eye. But I never understood why. Thoughts?

    Reply

  22. rockbird723

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    How often does it happen that you refuse patients for a lasik surgery? And what are the common reasons not being suitable for a lasik surgery?

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  23. tehbantho

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Dr Lin I’m in desperate need of lasik because I get horrible migraines as a result of the pressure from glasses frame on the sides of my head. I can’t afford better frames and certainly can’t afford lasik. Do you foresee the cost of lasik coming down anytime soon? I have a very common astigmatism.

    Reply

  24. wanjan

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    What’s the most ridiculous misconception you’ve ever heard about LASIK? Bonus question: Best pizza topping?

    Reply

  25. YGTSoCal

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    My vision changed drastically in a year, would you recommend getting LASIK or?

    Reply

  26. Soronir

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    If LASIK is so great why do so many eye doctors wear glasses?

    Reply

  27. lanedr

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Have you heard of the SMILE procedure? I was interested in Lasik due to my astigmatism, and my optometrist recommended SMILE. He described it as Lasik without the cutting off the cornea.

    Reply

  28. Zed_Kay

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I was talking to my eye doctor about my cataracts. I asked if or how your type of surgery would be considered when time came to remove the cataracts.

    He said prior to you doing your thing, eye measurements should be recorded by the laser surgeon and transferred to the cataract surgeon. He would compare them to reading he takes.

    As this was a hypothetical conversation I didn’t get into specifics.

    Can you speculate what measurements he was talking about and would you transfer this info?

    Reply

  29. Electro-Onix

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    How do you feel about people getting corrective eye surgery done in foreign countries? I know several people who have gotten surgery done in Tijuana for a fraction of the cost of what it would be in the US and they all have had great results. Is there really that big of a risk?

    Reply

  30. dasdragon666

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Can astigmatism be cured using LASIK, or will the person have to keep returning to the surgery every couple of years?
    I heard the cost of the surgery can vary depending on the eye of the individual, on what basis is this done and how expensive can it get?

    Reply

  31. City-slicker

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Doc, I have had double vision (binocular) for about 5 years, no one can seem to find a cause or solution. Is Laser surgery an option?

    Reply

  32. scrimsims

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I had great vision up until five years ago (age 40). I am now really struggling with my up close vision. Is it possible to correct age-related vision loss with LASIK?

    Reply

  33. philos34002

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Friend of mine had LASIK done and needs to have it done again 7 years later. Is this due to normal aging or is their an expiry on the treatment. If aging, should someone if a certain age wait to have the procedure done?

    Reply

  34. kitikitish

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    What’s for dinner?

    Reply

  35. Anonymous

    September 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm

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