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Lasik surgery patient facing misdemeanor charge

7:27 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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STOW -- Lasik eye surgery could cost patients more than medical bills if they do not visit their local BMV soon after the procedure.

Drivers who wear glasses or contacts have certain restrictions on their license, and when they undergo lasik surgery they are required to go back to the BMV and get those restrictions removed.

Meredith Crock, 24, had no idea of these requirements until she was pulled over two weeks ago.

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

Crock was then handed an additional citation for not visiting the BMV after her surgery to get her vision restriction on her license removed.

"I didn't know how serious it was until this," said Crock, who was also ordered to make a court appearance earlier this week and is now facing a misdemeanor charge.

According to State Highway Patrol drivers who have had lasik are encouraged to get their vision retested at the BMV as soon as possible.

Citations are handed out at the trooper's discretion, so drivers should carry proof of their surgery and improved vision until they are able to get their license changed.

"I think a lot of people would make the same mistake," said Crock.

WKYC-TV

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