LASIK is one of the most popular eye surgeries in the United States, foreign media BGR reported. This laser-eye surgery, once expensive, is now cheaper than ever, and patients have a much slashed time to rest after surgery. Many people like this result, but that doesn’t mean there are no complications.
Now, Morris Waxler, a former FDA consultant who voted in favor of LASIK as a medical procedure, says the FDA has ignored data recommending a ban on LASIK. As CBS News reported, Morris Waxler regrets his prior approval of LASIK and wants the medical community to reassess its risks.
There are risks for any medical procedure, but Waxler says the incidence of complications after LASIK surgery is much higher than acceptable. Some patients reported re-vision and “glare”. When a doctor performs LASIK surgery, the cornea is reshaped with a laser. This corrects common vision problems, such as myopia. It was first approved in 1998 and has undergone numerous LASIK operations since then.
Waxler claims that based on his own analysis of the incidence of complications, about 10 to 30 percent of patients experience long-term side effects. It is important to note that these numbers are not “official” in any way, and that, in the case of the FDA, LASIK is an operation and should be an option for those who want it and are satisfied with the potential risks.
Waxler says LASIK surgery should not even be considered for those who can easily correct their vision through glasses or contact lenses. For its part, the FDA emphasizes that patients considering LASIK should undergo extensive pre-screening to ensure they are suitable for surgery.