We hear ads for LASIK, cataract removal and other eye surgeries all the time. How do you know if eye surgery is right for you? What are the risks? On this webcast, Dr. Tueng Shen joins host Andrew Schorr to answer these questions and more. Dr. Shen is an ophthalmologist and Director of the Refractory Surgery Center at the University of Washington Medical Center, where she has been doing corneal surgery and transplant for many years.
Dr. Shen says laser refractive surgery is one of the safest procedures you could have, and most results are very good. However, she points out that any surgery has risks and tells listeners why they should be careful. She gives advice on setting realistic expectations for surgery, and addresses whether you’ll really be able to “throw your glasses away,” as some advertisements promise.
The possibilities for refractive surgery vary by a patient’s age and eye health. Dr. Shen explains what is possible and offers tools for how to decide what’s best for you. She describes the different procedures in detail, including what the eye surgeon is doing so that patients no longer have such a dependence on glasses or contacts. Finally, she addresses the rare instances of complications and how you can avoid them. If you are thinking about having LASIK, LASEK, PRK or cataracts surgery, listen to this webcast.
Tueng T. Shen, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Refractive Surgery Center, UW MedicineDr. Tueng Shen is Director of Refractive Surgery Center and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Washington Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and went on to complete a residency in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Dr. Shen specializes in refractive surgery, medical and surgical management of corneal disorders... more >