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A 34-year-old member asked:

can you tell me the difference between laser eye surgery and the one where they use a blade?

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Dr. Martin Mayers
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Safety and expense: Laser surgery is generally more precise and safer than surgery done by blade. Many eye operations however can only be done by blade. In situations where the operation can be done by blade or laser, the laser is generally more expensive. Sometimes the expense is justified, sometimes not.
Dr. Richard Lehrer
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Different techniques: In refractive surgery such as lasik, a flap is created in the cornea prior to the vision correction with laser. There are 2 ways to make the flap: with a blade called a microkeratome and with a laser called a femtosecond laser. Both techniques can yield excellent results. The laser may be able to make slightly more accurate and thinner flaps which may have some advantages.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Lasik: For lasik, a laser or a blade can be used to create the flap. Once the flap is created, it is lifted and an excimer laser corrects the prescription. The femtosecond laser for flap creation is the most advanced safest method for flap creation.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can u get vaginal sores from shaving pubic hair?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
No.: You can get infection at the site of hair follicles, but you cannot get sores vaginally. You need to be seen by a doctor who can check your herpes viral titers.
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Not unless you use a chemical whichnentersnthe vaginal cavity for a prolonged period and causes mucosal ulceration
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It is possible if the shaving cream you use enters the vaginal cavity and sits there for a prolonged period causing mucosal inflammation and/or ulceration
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are some complications of laser eye surgery?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Very Few: While laser eye surgery (lasik, prk) is very safe, there can rarley be complications that may affect vision. Most commonly, the eye may not achieve perfect vision, and an enhancement may be needed later. Dry eyes can occur and last for several months, and small abrasions may be present for a few days. More rarely, surface skin can sometimes grow under the flap, causing blurred vision.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What's the rehabilitation after lumbosacral spine surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Depends on u & type: This depends on the type of surgery done and what condition you are in at the time of surgery and whether there were any complications with the surgery. For an outpatient microdisectomy, it can range from activity restriction for several weeks and some home exercises to a full fledged physical therapy program of at least 6 weeks with a more involved surgery like a multilevel fusion.
A 22-year-old female asked:

Im 22, i've been having pain on the right side of my head cause's me to not be able to taste , and some memory loss?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Pain: Not sure if u had head trauma before, headaches or what medications you take. Best to consult a neurologist for workup.
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A 52-year-old male asked:

Can pressure behind the eyes be a thyroid condition?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Possible: Thyroid disease can cause eye problem but many other conditions can also cause this: allergy, sinus infection, tumor...See your doctor to have your thyroid level checked. If it's normal, then the thyroid is not causing the eye problem. Good luck.

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