LASIK is one of the most popular types of eye treatments. Once prohibitively expensive, laser eye surgery is now cheaper than ever before and patients often experience very little downtime. Many, many people love their results, but that does not mean that in some cases there are no complications, sometimes even serious complications.
Now, a former adviser who worked with the Food and Drug Administration and voted in favor of LASIK approval as a medical procedure says the FDA ignores data indicating that LASIK should be banned. As reported by CBS News Morris Waxler regrets his prior approval of LASIK and wants the medical community to reassess the risks.
Any medical intervention carries its share of the risks, but Waxler says that the rate complications after LASIK surgery is far higher than acceptable. Some patients report double vision and "starbursts," which is a blur on an object that often lights up at night.
When a doctor performs a LASIK operation, the cornea is reshaped with a laser. This can resolve common vision problems, such as myopia, that would otherwise require contact lenses or glasses. Already approved in 1
Waxler claims that his own analysis of complication rates between 10% and 30% of patients has long-term illnesses. Term side effects. It is important to note that these numbers are by no means "official" and that the FDA's LASIK is an option for those who want it and are familiar with the potential risks.
] According to Waxler, LASIK should not even be considered an option for people whose eyesight can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses. For the FDA, the agency emphasizes that patients considering LASIK should undergo a comprehensive screening to ensure that they are a good candidate for the surgery.