Why parents want Lasik eye surgery for their daughter?

One Lasik surgery can save 10-20 times of the money than the cost of surgery. Yes, it’s true and healthcare professionals are well known about this. Lasik is a cosmetic surgery, which provides you a clear vision without glasses or contact lenses. Women don’t want to wear glasses for the cosmetic reason, especially in high refractive error because of thick glasses.

Now you are thinking how this surgery can save or return 10-20 times more money than the cost of surgery. Myself known about these 5 years before. That time I work with a Lasik consultant. One day, one patient’s parent started crying because my senior consultant denied performing Lasik for a Keratoconus patient (The Patient is not suitable for refractive surgery). We thought maybe they are afraid about future of their daughter’s eye.  The reality was something different. One surgery can reduce 5-8 lakhs rupees of Dowry amount. It’s the major reason for doing Lasik surgery in south India. It’s not like that seen in the remote and the area where education is less. In metro city also, the condition is same.  Ladies those who are in a higher rank job they also come for surgery for the same reason. They told after marriage with glass cooking is very difficult. It’s like that they never cook before.Another story is about one of an ophthalmic nurse. She moved golf country for the higher salary, but the actual reason was to accumulate around 15 lakhs money for her love marriage. That money was for dowry. One year later she did ICL (Implanted contact lens) for the above reason. In my practice, I got so many patients for the same reason. If they don’t have glasses, then the dowry amount will be less. According to them after if you do not inform before, then in-laws can demand money after marriage also. So, the presence of glasses can be an excuse for extracted more money from the bride’s family.

Another story is about one of an ophthalmic nurse. She moved golf country for the higher salary, but the actual reason was to accumulate around 15 lakhs money for her love marriage. That money was for dowry. One year later she did ICL (Implanted contact lens) for the above reason. In my practice, I got so many patients for the same reason. If they don’t have glasses, then the dowry amount will be less. According to them after if you do not inform before, then in-laws can demand money after marriage also. So, the presence of glasses can be an excuse for extracted more money from the bride’s family. one guy told me that the purpose Lasik is to demand more dowry amount. He is a software engineer and after Lasik, he can demand more money from a bride.

Few cases, the groom’s family demand the expense of their daughter’s marriage also. Tradition is like that whatever they will expense for their daughter’s marriage, same more will demand their son’s marriage.  The dowry amount varies on caste basis, status basis and education expenses basis. Some cases bride’s family wants to pay more money and concept is like that they own the groom.

Though the dowry system declared as illegal since 1961, still it is an integral feature of Indian life. According to The Dowry Prohibition Act,  A report was published by  ‘The Indian Express, newspaper on 31st July 2015. As per National Crime Record Bureau data, the country has recorded 24,771 dowry deaths in past 3 years and Uttar Pradesh holds the top position with 7,048 deaths. 3.48lakh Physical and mental torture cases have recorded and top 3 states are West Bengal (61259), Rajasthan (44,311) and Andhra Pradesh (34,835). Actual cases may be much more than this which does not report by victims. Every hour one woman dies because of dowry in India.  Dowry-related violence is most prevalent in south Asia, in the nation of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Srilanka. Battering, marital rape, acid throwing, and wife burning by are the most common forms of dowry-related violence.

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Advantages of LASIK

Somehow dowry fear is active in India and few people directly or indirectly supported them. We all need to protest against it. I think this should be added in books as an advantage of Lasik surgery. Few men and women do Lasik surgery in their eye for this reason. Our country should be free from dowry death.

Dowry in India statistics

Indian express newspaper report

THE TIMES OF INDIA report

 
Krishnendu Mandal
Optometrist, Blogger, Blogging since Jan 2016

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