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Do It Yourself Laser Eye Surgery Kit for $100

I thought this was a belated April Fool’s joke, but it seems to be serious. Can you imagine buying a gadget that appears to claim to perform a surgical procedure on your eyes?

The hand-held “excimer laser” purportedly performs a two-step procedure, first cutting a small flap in the cornea of your eye, the second vaporises a small section of the lens. It’s claimed that the whole procedure is virtually painless, but there’s a footnote pointing out that the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet evaluated that claim.

The DIY kit costs 100 USD and comes with the following:

A Scal-Pal hand-operated excimer combination laser.
A mild sedative.
Eye drops to prevent blinking.
A quick start guide.
A post operative sleeping mask.

The kit doesn’t seem to come with the antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications that you would normally take for a week after such an operation.

When you apply online for your home kit, you’re asked to specify your prescription for each eye, and you have to be over 18.

A few things come to mind.

Excimer lasers usually cost five figure sums and need some serious power requirements. I did a web search for the “world’s smallest excimer laser”. The smallest I found was about the size of a microwave oven, and was relatively low powered; so I’m a bit sceptical that a hand-held excimer laser can be made for 100 dollars.

Secondly, if it did somehow work, on a one-time only basis say, who in their right minds would take risks with their eyesight??!!

Found via glist.com

I’m not linking to the product page, but you can check out the claims for yourself by visiting lasikathome dot com.

12 thoughts on “Do It Yourself Laser Eye Surgery Kit for $100”

  1. Come on, who going to buy this!!??? maybe a person who wants to have completely white-eyes!

  2. I have recommended this device to many of my lower income patients. Over 15% have had no complications. The process is quite easy, however the results vary. But when compared to the bother of glasses and contacts, isn’t it worth the risk of losing your sight to be able to be a normal person?

  3. I’m an ophthalmologist, and yes, this is totally a hoax.
    P.S. Hey, Dr. Melvert, where did you go to medical school? Oh, that’s right…EVIL Medical school!!

  4. GO BLIND for only $100! What a great offer!

    Over 15% have had no complications. The process is quite easy, however the results vary.
    What a great offer!

  5. OK! This is a great start. Now, does anyone know if I can get a home neurosurgical kit. You know, I’ve had this really bad pain in my head accompanied by dizziness and loss of eyesight. I think I may have a brain tumor but I don’t like going to the doctor. I thought perhaps I could take care of this at home myself so I don’t have to pay the 20.00 co-pay. Any help will be appreciated.

  6. Oh my goodness! I am horrified to see this gadget being endorsed on your site Coolest Gadgets?! Please please readers be advised to see an expert. Laser eye treatment is a form of surgery, and we should never be carrying out these treatments on ourselves with DIY kits. I love some of the gadgets you have on your site, but this one should not even exist!

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