Celebrities Damaged by LASIK

Many of those seeking information about LASIK and other refractive surgeries believe that by "doing your homework" and finding a "good doctor," complications can be avoided. This is simply untrue. Complications strike both rich and poor, famous and common, showing that even where the resources exist to obtain care from the best and most prestigious doctors in the world, LASIK still goes wrong.

Adam Clayton of Rock SuperBand U2 Cannot Drive at Night Following LASIK Eye Surgery

NOW a quarter-century old and with its members well into their 40s, the Irish supergroup U2 is that true rock rarity: a still-intact band that has sold more than 125 million records worldwide and remains consistently relevant.

In the past week alone, U2 rocked the opening of the Clinton library, did a three-song set on "Saturday Night Live," and, yesterday, performed a free show for fans in DUMBO to promote their 14th album, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (out today).

And while it seems like there wouldn’t be much left to discover about The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. and especially Bono - who has taken up Third World debt relief as his personal cause and has met with everyone from George Bush to Nelson Mandela to Oprah Winfrey to the pope - we discovered 50 things even diehard fans may not know about the most famous band on the planet.

ADAM CLAYTON, 44

  • 21. Doesn’t drive at night since he had Lasik surgery
  • 22. Though he’s not married, he was once engaged to Naomi Campbell
  • 23. Served as best man at Bono’s wedding
  • 24. As a teenager, was kicked out of two schools for smoking, drinking and streaking
  • 25. Kept the band together in the early ’80s, when the three other members wanted to quit and devote their lives to God
  • 26. Was charged with drunk driving in 1984 and marijuana possession in 1993
  • 27. Says he is now completely sober
  • 28. Admits that he hates responsibility
  • 29. Was so wasted on the Zoo TV tour that the band’s bass technician was forced to take his place for a whole show.

Original Source: New York Post

Capriati troubled by night matches, August 9, 2002, SportingNews.com

"MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Jennifer Capriati is wary of playing night matches because the court lights affect her ability to see the ball.

Capriati, the No. 2 seed, struggled for more than two hours before beating No. 16 Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-2 in the third round of the JPMorgan Chase Open on Thursday night.

"Maybe I just started rushing a bit. I got thrown off a bit as soon as it was getting dark," she said. "I have problems playing at night. I was shanking some balls on my groundstrokes."

Capriati, who had Lasik eye surgery two years ago, also had trouble picking up the ball in a night match at last week's Acura Classic, where she lost in the quarterfinals.

"I feel like it's wearing off a little bit," she said of the surgery.

At Manhattan Country Club, the light poles are low on stadium court.

"At night, lights can start to become very bright," Capriati said, describing the effect on her vision. "When they're really low like that, it just feels like there's a flashlight on me constantly."

She didn't react well to the glare, double-faulting numerous times in the second set.

"In the second set, I just stopped hitting the ball and she started really dictating the points," said Capriati, who was cheered on by her friend, actor Matthew Perry.

At most tournaments, the top players are required to play at least one night match to draw crowds. Having survived that obligation, Capriati said officials here know not to schedule her under the lights again.

"I know there's going to be night matches, especially at the U.S. Open, so what am I going to do?" she said."

Editor's Note: This article originally ran at http://www.sportingnews.com/tennis/articles/20020809/420549.html, but has now been removed.

Canadian Professional Golfer Ian Leggatt, Originally from Golf Digest, June 2002

"Canadian Ian Leggatt, a first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, also knows a thing or two about Lasik complications. Leggatt, who had extreme nearsightedness in both eyes before having the surgery in October 2000, says it was about a week after the initial procedure before he was seeing normally again. But by Christmas, he was experiencing chronically dry eyes and blurry vision, so he went back to his surgeon.

Enhancements, which are procedures performed after the initial surgery in an attempt to achieve better visual acuity, are necessary roughly 5 to 10 percent of the time, depending on the severity of the prescription. Most quality surgeons perform enhancements on 3 to 8 percent of their patients, which means they're not trying to over-correct the first time and are willing to improve things down the road. "Enhancements have nothing to do with the procedure or with anything other than the healing properties of that person," Whitten says. "The more an eye has to be corrected, the harder it is to predict healing."

In Leggatt's case, healing was the biggest problem. After missing nine cuts in his first 12 events of 2001, he was sure he wasn't seeing as well as he had with contact lenses. By October, a year after his initial surgery, Leggatt's vision was blurry again, so in November he went in for a second enhancement that solved everything. "Obviously, I wish everything had turned out fine the first time, and that I wouldn't have needed the enhancements, but I'm seeing awesome today," says Leggatt. "It's not like I was ever going blind or anything."

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