Dr. Robert Maloney believes that a well-informed patient is key to successful vision correction surgery. He wants to be sure that you fully understand what you can expect from your procedure you choose. He wants to help you care for and preserve your eyesight in the best way possible. Here, you can find the information that you need to help you make informed choices about health care for your eyes.

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Certain occupations may make you a poorer candidate for vision correction surgery. Starburst at night after surgery is a minor hindrance to most people, but if you are a truck driver whose living depends on driving extensively at night, nightvision disturbances could be a major problem. LASIK can be a positive or a negative for professional athletes. In Los Angeles, where I practice ophthalmology, I try to avoid performing LASIK on the LA Dodgers’ baseball players because they need to be able to spot a fly ball descending at speed under the stadium lights. On the other hand, for other professional athletes whose contact lenses are an uncomfortable distraction during games, LASIK can raise their performance a notch.

Vision correction surgery can be lifesaving for those who put their lives in harm’s way: our policemen, firemen, and military personnel. After surgery, these individuals never have to worry about losing their glasses or contacts in a moment of crisis. All the U.S. military services now permit vision correction surgery. Most police and fire departments require a minimal level of vision without glasses. LASIK can help you meet these requirements and open up a career that would otherwise be closed to you. Many police, fire, and military services require a waiting period after surgery before you can go on active duty. Make sure you understand service requirements before having the surgery.

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