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Dry Eye Disease (DES) Caused By LASIK & Depression

Tragic Suicide of Fox Weather Woman was NOT due to LASIK complications, but to Untreated Major Depression.

However, she did suffer from the most common complication after LASIK: DES or Dry Eye Syndrome.

I performed 5,000 LASIKs from 1996-2000, and to be truthful, about 10% of my patients complained about DES afterwards, although thankfully nothing severe. In 1999, I was the 1st eye surgeon in NY to get LASIK surgery. I suffered from DES, too. By cutting a corneal flap during LASIK, we cut & kill 90% of the corneal nerves, causing corneal numbness, decreasing the normal blink rate, & causing DES. Only after experiencing DES myself did I think “there must be a better way”.

I reinvestigated LASEK, which had been invented when I was at Harvard in 1994 by Drs Talamo & Abbad, whom I published a paper with.

LASEK avoids the cutting step, so doesn’t kill corneal nerves & cause DES. In 2005, I stopped performing LASIK surgery & switched to LASEK. Park Avenue LASEK is the only pure LASEK center in the US. I’ve performed over 15,000 LASEKs since 2005 (more than any other surgeon). Recovery takes a few days longer than LASIK, but DES is avoided.

By the way, this Fox newscaster should have been treated with punctual cautery, which is the only true cure for DES. New drugs like Restasis & Xiidra are helpful, but nobody wants to take these drops for years. Punctual plugs are also only temporary. I put in thousands of plugs, and they always fall out when the patient runs their eyes because they’re only held in by friction.

I seem to be one of the few eye MDs in the US performing punctual cautery, even among cornea/refractive subspecialists. Performed properly, after a trial of plugs, I can shrink (not close) the small hole on your bottom lid where your tears drain out. This helps your eye properly retain its moisture. Punctal cautery takes less than 1 second to perform & is covered by medical insurance.

I’ve performed over 20,000 punctual cauteries over the last 2 decades, which is more than any other eye MD. So if you’ve been suffering from DES, there is a solution!

The lesson is that we must focus on prevention. Suicide prevention with better mental health access & treatment. #prevention

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Tragic suicide of Fox weather woman was NOT due to LASIK complications, but to untreated major depression. However, she did suffer from the most common complication after LASIK: DES or Dry Eye Syndrome. I performed 5,000 LASIKs from 1996-2000, and to be truthful, about 10% of my patients complained about DES afterwards, although thankfully nothing severe. In 1999 I was the 1st eye surgeon in NY to get LASIK, & suffered from DES, too. By cutting a corneal flap during LASIK, we cut & kill 90% of the corneal nerves, causing corneal numbness, decreasing the normal blink rate, & causing DES. Only after experiencing DES myself did I think “there must be a better way”. I reinvestigated LASEK, which had been invented when I was at Harvard in 1994 by Drs Talamo & Abbad, whom I published a paper with. LASEK avoids the cutting step, so doesn’t kill corneal nerves & cause DES. In 2005 I stopped performing LASIK & switched to LASEK. Park Avenue LASEK is the only pure LASEK center in the US, & I’ve performed over 15,000 LASEKs since 2005 (more than any other surgeon). Recovery takes a few days longer than LASIK, but DES is avoided. By the way, this Fox newscaster should have been treated with punctual cautery, which is the only true cure for DES. New drugs like Restasis & Xiidra are helpful, but nobody wants to take these drops for years. Punctual plugs are also only temporary-I put in thousands of plugs, and they always fall out when the patient runs their eyes, because they’re only held in by friction. I seem to be one of the few eye MDs in the US performing punctual cautery, even among cornea/refractive subspecialists. Performed properly, after a trial of plugs, I can shrink (not close) the small hole on your bottom lid where your tears drain out-helping your eye properly retain its moisture. Cautery takes less than 1 sec & is covered by medical insurance. I’ve performed over 20,000 punctual cauteries over the last 2 decades-more than any other eye MD. So if you’ve been suffering from DES, there is a solution! The lesson is that we must focus on prevention. Suicide prevention w better mental health access & treatment. And dry eyes by choosing LASEK over LASIK #prevention

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Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to find out if LASEK is an option for you from Dr. Chynn, our famous, cornea fellowship-trained, Columbia & Harvard graduate who’s in MENSA & was the 1st eye surgeon in NY, NJ, CT & PA to get LASIK, & has performed 1,000 PRKs, 5,000 LASIKs, 10,000 LASEKs, and 5,000 epiLASEKs

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No other laser vision correction surgeon in New York….

No other laser vision correction surgeon in New York....

...offers you the opportunity to have a Free Remote Consultation with the surgeon! Ask Dr. Chynn your main question or concern, and will answer, personally, within 2 business days!

Unsure whether you're a good candidate because of a lot of astigmatism? Large pupils? Dry eyes? Maybe you were rejected by LASIK surgeons due to a “thin cornea” or high prescription.

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to find out if LASEK is an option for you from Dr. Chynn, our famous, cornea fellowship-trained, Columbia & Harvard graduate who’s in MENSA & was the 1st eye surgeon in NY, NJ, CT & PA to get LASIK, & has performed 1,000 PRKs, 5,000 LASIKs, 10,000 LASEKs, and 5,000 epiLASEKs

But please be considerate. Dr. Chynn gets paid $1,000/hour as a consultant for expert networks & expert witness, so please limit yourself to your most pressing question or concern, as he’s doing this for free on a trial basis to help interested patients.

Please include the information below in your email so Dr. Chynn can answer your question specifically.

Age:
Approximate prescription (if known):
Occupation (the more specific the better):
Main barrier or concern:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.