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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-14-13 10:01 AM
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Dry eye surgery being heavily pushed by my local NEWS programs.
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Edited on Thu Nov-14-13 10:06 AM by No Elephants
It's getting ridiculous.

For the last several weeks, my local news programs have been mentioning that a surgery is available to help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes. They talk about it as a new item, not as a sponsor or as an advertisement. (Same local news shows that never mention drone killings or military injuries or casualties, I might add.) And they don't just mention it, the anchors yammer on to each other about it--how dry their own eyes are, how often they have to put drops in their eyes, etc. It's incredibly suspicious.

Bizarre. Who would even give them a press release release on this? Why, people who perform this exciting :sarcasm: surgery, I imagine. But, that would be good for one broadcast, or maybe one day--morning news, midday news, evening news and night news. But, for several weeks?

I wonder what the potential is for losing vision from eye infections or a slip of the scalpel? And why? So you don't have to buy a bottle of eye drops or make your own sterile solution?

Aside from the deplorable ethics of my local news broadcasters and the doctors who seem to be paying them, I would not go anywhere near this surgery for a million bucks.

I did pick up one bit of useful info, though. Apparently, some eye drops contain preservatives and some don't. I would rather not put unnecessary chemicals into my eyes, just for the sake of making them feel wetter. If I were to buy drops without preservatives, though, I would need to know how fresh they were and, after I got them home, I would have to be careful that I did not keep them too long. So, again, it may be best to make small batches of your own sterile solution. I am going to look into that.

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