LASIK Surgery Can Lead to Misdemeanor Charge

LASIK Misdeameanor ChargePolice won't take your word for it if you had LASIK eye surgery and your license still lists an eye restriction, as one Ohio patient recently learned the hard way.

"I didn't know how serious it was until this," Meredith Crock, 24, told Stow, Ohio's WKYC-TV after she was pulled over recently and is now facing a misdemeanor charge.

Drivers who have restrictions on their license and don't have those restrictions removed through retesting their vision at their local Bureau or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) could face citations. This was the case with Crock.

"I was driving back from South Carolina and I got pulled over for speeding which is fine I was speeding," she said. "(The trooper) asked me if I was wearing my contacts and I recently just had lasik surgery so my answer was no."

It is recommended to carry proof of the surgery showing the new improved vision until the visit to the DMV can be made. This doesn't eliminate the chance of a citation; so immediate retesting is recommended.

Read more Do's and Don'ts After LASIK Surgery and search for local LASIK eye surgery doctors if you are considering having the surgery.

Further Reading

  • Many diabetics struggle with keeping their blood sugar levels under control to maintain a steady level of energy and prevent many diseases.  Now, researchers confirm that blood sugar also plays an important role in maintaining healthy eyes, and diabetics can reduce their risk of vision loss by making changes in their diet and lifestyle.

  • LASIK and laser eye surgery procedures continue to be a popular option for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but not everyone meets the requirements for this procedure. Conductive keratoplasty (CK) is one of the newest forms of refractive surgery and unlike other forms of eye surgery, uses radio waves and heat energy to reduce the size of the connective tissues around the cornea. This procedure is designed for patients suffering from hyperopia and presbyopia. The latest clinical results show that CK can produce more stable results than previously, and is now widely accepted by laser eye surgeons around the United States.

  • Twilight actress Judi Shekoni recently underwent the LASIK vision correction procedure at a Beverly Hills LASIK center and is now enjoying the successful outcome. The procedure was performed by LASIK eye surgery specialist Dr. Khanna, and involved a two-step process. Ms. Shekoni, who plays vampire Zafrina on the Twilight show, reports that she was a “nervous passenger” while undergoing the procedure but it was completely painless.