"I am a physician... I was evaluated and felt to be a good candidate for LASIK surgery... I am now being evaluated for corneal transplant in both eyes... I believe LASIK should be withdrawn." Report filed with FDA 10/30/11.
"The biggest regret of my life is not finding your site before having this horrible procedure done." Email from a physician 2/25/2011.
"Who in their right mind would want to undergo LASIK after viewing these photos?" Email from an eye doctor 8/21/2009.
Olympic Bobsled Medalist Steve Holcomb Suicide Attempt
Although LASIK is not mentioned in this video, Holcomb's vision problems started after LASIK surgery, according to Holcomb's book. LASIK surgeons routinely misdiagnose post-LASIK ectasia as "keratoconus" in an effort to keep a lid on this growing epidemic. (Note: The corrective procedures that Holcomb underwent are currently experimental and not FDA-approved for post-LASIK eyes). Excerpt from Holcomb's book: I had worn contacts and glasses for years and thought nothing of it. A lot of my friends and both my parents wore corrective lenses, so it wasn't a big deal, except when bobsledding... You can wear contacts, but it's not ideal given the amount of jostling you endure. But this was about to change during my first year in bobsledding. A local eye surgeon came to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid and offered free Lasik procedures... After a quick screening it was determined that I would be a great candidate, and so I took advantage of it... "When can I get back to work and see some results?" I asked... "You should see a real difference in about six weeks, no more than eight." That had been a year ago, and not only was I not seeing better, but my vision kept getting worse.
LasikHope.com: Scleral Lenses for bad LASIK
Lasers can certainly remove corneal tissue, but no technology can replace it. Dr. Edward Boshnick launched LasikHope.com to give hope and help to those who have lost quality vision and ocular comfort due to refractive eye surgery including LASIK. Learn more about LASIK contact lenses.
Meet Dr. Perry Rosenthal
Dr. Perry Rosenthal, MD is a Harvard research ophthalmologist who specializes in treating chronic eye pain. He has studied corneal neuropathic pain following LASIK and other forms of laser eye surgery, and has submitted his research to peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals for publication; however, his research is being rejected despited being vetted by leading scientists. Big Ophthalmology is attempting to stymie this information, and to keep the public in the dark about the widespread problems of LASIK surgery. Here's a link to Dr. Rosenthal's website where his research is published. Update August, 2013: Dr. Rosenthal reported that his website had been hacked. Read Information Suppressed.
5/14/2013 - In The Blink Of An Eye: A LASIK Public Health Advisory mini-documentary.
4/13/2013 - New website exposes the Lasik Scandal.
3/30/2013 - Interest in LASIK waning since 2008. Read abstract
3/23/2013 - German researchers find 28.3% of LASIK patients studied do not have vision suitable for driving a vehicle based upon German standards for mesopic vision and glare. Read abstract
1/26/2013 - Joe Tye, Update on LASIK warning
12/18/2012 - FDA warns against improper advertising, promotion of lasers intended for LASIK corrective eye surgery Read press release. According to the press release, the LASIK providers that received FDA Warning Letters are:
•20/20 Institute Indianapolis LASIK, of Indianapolis
•Scott Hyver Visioncare Inc., of Daly City, Calif.
•Rand Eye Institute, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
•Eye Center of Texas, of Bellaire, Texas
•Woolfson Eye Institute, of Atlanta
How YOU can help
Leave your comments and sign the petition to stop LASIK. Read what over 600 current signers have to say.
Dr. Morris Waxler, former FDA chief research scientist, has re-examined the science behind FDA-approval of LASIK, and now believes LASIK should be discontinued. He asks that you join him to stop LASIK at HelpStopLasik.com
You can help spread the word about problems of LASIK. Add a link to this website on your website or blog, or post a link anywhere LASIK is discussed on the Internet.
LASIK Flaps Never Heal...
"Laser in situ keratomileusis is another surgery in which the flap is prone to traumatic dislocation because the interface does not seem to heal except at the edges." (Canto et al, 2011)
"Although LASIK remains the most popular refractive surgical procedure, it is becoming apparent that corneal surfaces, cut to create the midstromal flap during surgery, fail to fully reunite postoperatively; surgeons can simply peel back an anterior corneal flap several years later. Such patients... are at risk for progressive visual disability due to general corneal weakness that may progress to ectasia or even traumatic displacement of the insecure flap." (Mi et al, 2011)
12/12/2012 - New case report: Flap dislocation 10 years after "uneventful" LASIK. Read article
6/5/2012 - Herbert J. Nevyas, M.D., Nevyas Eye Associates slapped with FDA warning letter for failure to report serious LASIK injuries. Read letter
5/15/2012 - Researchers say LASIK flap is "permanent", "non-attached", and "a liability". Source
4/7/2012 - Retrospective study finds LASIK is not safe for military personnel.
2/24/12 - In an update on a LASIK malpractice lawsuit, attorney Todd Krouner reported that LASIK surgeon, Mark Lobanoff, M.D., sought to discharge and replace defense expert George Waring, M.D., as “incompetent,” as a result of “issues with his memory.” Plaintiff opposed the motion, noting that Dr. Waring continues to treat patients, and no medical affidavit was offered to support Dr. Lobanoff’s claim that his own expert was incompetent. Instead, plaintiff argued that defendants sought to fire Dr. Waring because of his unsuitable history as an expert, including his consensual settlement in a hyperopic ectasia malpractice lawsuit filed against him; suspension of privileges from Emory University Eye Center for implanting a surgical device without the patient’s consent; and a criminal conviction for assaulting a flight attendant. Source
2/15/2012 - LASIK pioneer drops "bombshell" against LASIK, will no longer perform the procedure because it violates his medical ethics. Read article
1/16/2012 - Morris Waxler, former FDA chief of ophthalmic devices, reported the LASIK-related suicide of 28 year-old Vincent Wat of Las Vegas to the FDA commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, M.D., and the director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D. Read Dr. Waxler's letter. Read more about LASIK and suicide.
12/16/2011 - Leonard A. Newman, M.D., Newman Lasik Centers receives warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration for not reporting LASIK complications as required under the federal Medical Device Reporting (MDR) statute. Read letter.
Shocking videos of prominent LASIK surgeons performing
comedy skits mocking damaged patients
who are depressed or suicidal
Watch Parag Majmudar, M.D.'s performance as "Dr. I. M. Suicidal" at a convention of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), singing of "pushing the boundaries of ethics".
Below, skip to 42 seconds to watch comedy skit starring Dr. I. M. Suicial (Parag Majmudar, M.D.), William Trattler, M.D. and Jodi Luchs, M.D.
9/23/2011 - FDA gives 90-day warning
on false LASIK ads
Excerpt: "The FDA expects that this notice and the additional information that the agency is providing will permit eye care professionals to correct within 90 days of the date of this notice any advertisements or promotional materials that do not comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). After that time, the FDA may take regulatory action against eye care professionals whose advertisements or promotional materials violate the FD&C Act. Agency actions may include warning letters, product seizures, injunctions and civil money penalty proceedings." Read FDA Letter to Eye Care Professionals 9/23/2011.
If you become aware of an advertisement, promotional material, or Internet promotion concerning LASIK that may be false or misleading, please forward it to the FDA. We have designed a template that you may modify to file your complaint. False ad template.
Before You Let Them Cut on Your Eyes
Watch Joe Tye's new LASIK video series: The Campaign to Outlaw LASIK, Yellow VWs and LASIK Injuries, What "Perfect Candidate" Really Means, The Economics of Lasik Surgery, Lasik Injury and Lost Productivity, The Truth About Lasik Enhancements, The Complication They Won't Tell You About , Lasik Dry Eye Disease, The Lasik Industry Code of Silence, Integrity Check for Lasik Surgeons.
***FDA chief says LASIK should be stopped***
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!
1/6/2011 Dr. Morris Waxler, former FDA chief of Ophthalmic Surgical Devices Branch, filed a citizen petition with the FDA calling for withdrawal of FDA approval for all LASIK devices and issuance of a Public Health Advisory in an effort to stop the epidemic of permanent eye injury. Go to our LASIK PETITION web page. (You may also view a pdf of the LASIK petition).
Read comments of over 500 individuals who support the petition to stop LASIK, and ADD YOUR SIGNATURE HERE
Update 7/7/2011: Read FDA's interim response to the petition.
Update 3/7/2012: Morris Waxler invites injured LASIK patients and those who support injured LASIK patients to become co-petitioners. Read letter
LASIK Investigative Report: 20/20 Hindsight
on 16:9 The Bigger Picture, Canada's TV news magazine
on GlobalTV 5/28/2011
Investigators go undercover to expose lies that LASIK clinic employees and doctors tell prospective patients. Former FDA chief, turned whistleblower, exposes corruption surrounding FDA-approval of LASIK devices. Young mother who suffers from painful, chronic dry eyes after LASIK tells her story. Son of a police officer who could not bear to live with the complications of LASIK tells his father's story.
LASIK Hindsight: MSNBC 2/18/2011
Former FDA official pushes for end to LASIK surgery.
Things you won't learn in a LASIK seminar
Did you know? A survey by Consumer Reports found that 53% of laser eye surgery patients experience at least one side effect and 22% still have problems six months after surgery. Read more »
What about PRK? PRK - photorefractive keratectomy
LASIK surgeons don't warn prospective patients of the risk of LASIK-related depression and suicide, but they should. Learn why
The latest LASIK industry hype is 'blade-free' or 'all-laser' LASIK. This technology is advertised as iLASIK, IntraLASIK, or IntraLase and involves cutting the flap with a femtosecond laser. Beware of serious risks and complications of this technology. Read more
News Channel 7 WSPA 12/16/2010
TLC accused of performing LASIK on bad candidates
Class action and medical malpractice lawsuits name TLC Laser Centers. Read article: Link Watch video:
April 2008 FDA Hearing on LASIK
In response to public outcry of widespread problems with LASIK, the FDA held a public meeting on April 25, 2008 to hear from a panel of experts and patients harmed by the surgery. Watch presentations:
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