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Vision Quest

What's up, doc?

This story appears in the June 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Undergoing surgery can be frightening, especially when you're not sure what the results will be. When Bob Watson, a Houston videographer, was scheduled to have radial keratotomy in the early 1980s to correct his nearsightedness, he spoke to his doctor and other patients who had undergone the procedure. They expected he would come out of surgery with 20/20 vision, free of glasses forever.

But after surgery, Watson, 48, had blurred vision and painful reactions to bright light. Most distressing, his vision improved temporarily, but he soon required glasses again.

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