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Lasik At Home
Status: Hoax
image I have pretty bad eyesight and have worn contacts most of my life, but up until now I've never been tempted to try Lasik surgery. However, I am tempted to give this new LASIK@Home device a try. It's the "Affordable In-Home LASIK Surgery You Can Do Yourself!™":

LASIK@Home is the same patented surgical procedure performed at eye clinics around the world, but without the unnecessary equipment and staff.

I like the instructions for use: "1) Find a quiet place with no distractions; 2) Unpack your LASIK@Home™ Kit; 3) Perform the painless procedure. Don't blink!"

It's pretty obvious that this is a hoax. First of all, the idea of home laser surgery is clearly insane. Second, the ordering form is broken, meaning you can't buy the device, but the site does sell Cafepress t-shirts! (T-shirt sales are always a reliable hoax indicator.) Third, google ads on a supposedly commercial site are another hoax giveaway. The domain was registered anonymously via domains by proxy, so I wasn't able to find out who the author of this is. (Thanks to Captain DaFt for the link.)
Categories: Websites
Posted by The Curator on Wed Apr 05, 2006
did you notice that "Step 3" had an asterisk?

"Step 3 Perform the painless procedure*"
*This statement has not been evaluated by the F.D.A.
Posted by Chuck  in  Rhode Island  on  Thu Apr 06, 2006  at  11:00 AM
Wait a minute, the Museum of Hoaxes site has Google ads and a ptich for Cafepress T-shirts, so ... the Museum of Hoaxes is fake?
You mean all these "hoaxes" you've been telling us about aren't hoaxes at all?
So Britney Spears really did chew that gum?
Posted by Big Gary in shock  in  Dallas, Texas, USA  on  Thu Apr 06, 2006  at  01:57 PM
Hey Big Gary, relax! Commercial sites sell their main product. The point of Museum of hoaxes is to not "Buy" a hoax. wink

Kind of disappointing that the "do it yourself lasik kit" isn't real though, that thing would make an Ubergeek cigar lighter!
Posted by Captain DaFt  on  Thu Apr 06, 2006  at  02:28 PM
Well, he does have links to the books, as well as the shirts, but yes.

I suppose it's a good thing that this is *just* a hoax website.. The amount of damage that could be done otherwise would be catastrophic. There *are* people stupid enough to buy that, and if they'd used it, one can only hope that it was harmless.
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Thu Apr 06, 2006  at  05:43 PM
"Remember to remove the laser from your eye before vaporizing your neighbor."
Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Thu Apr 06, 2006  at  11:36 PM
I love how the Man who founded LASIK@Home wears glasses himself.
Posted by Jake  on  Sat Apr 08, 2006  at  08:20 PM
There's enough damage being done by some 'professionals' to people's eyes, however, for that enhancement you'll surely need, you can always attempt to buy another!

Only problem is...LASIK is nothing to joke about! http://www.lasiksucks4u.com
Posted by dom  on  Sun Apr 09, 2006  at  02:29 AM
aww! I want a T-Shirt!!
Posted by (*)kd(*)  on  Wed Apr 12, 2006  at  01:53 PM
Darn right Lasik is nothing to joke about. Neither is joking about: lawyers, politicians, Canadians, toenail fungus, sperm whales, bathtubs, postal workers, elevators, getting hit in the nards...and anything else I deem inapropriate.

It's okay to joke about the Dutch though. I mean c'mon...they're Dutch.
Posted by Blind Bruce  in  Canada  on  Sun Jan 07, 2007  at  10:12 PM
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