"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 I believe LASIK should be withdrawn."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.
"The biggest regret of my life is not finding your site before having this horrible procedure done." Email from a physician.
"Who in their right mind would want to undergo LASIK after viewing these photos?" Email from an eye doctor.
2/24/2015: IMPORTANT MESSAGE
FOR THE AAO AND ASCRS
In a 2010 televised debate with Dr. Morris Waxler, LASIK surgeon, Dr. Stephen Slade said, “The patients that have had problems with older forms of LASIK, or even other forms of refractive surgery, again, are our focus, and we will do everything for them that we possibly can.”
Refractive surgeons ‘should’ take ownership of the problems they create.
LASIK patient advocates ask the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) to earmark foundation funds to assist post-refractive surgery patients with limited means who have experienced poor outcomes with the burdensome costs of rehabilitation, including rigid contact lenses, corrective procedures, dry eye treatments, and other costly therapies.
LATEST FDA LASIK STUDY
FINDS HIGH RATE OF PROBLEMS
Preliminary results of the long-awaited LASIK Quality of Life Study have been published on the FDA website. On October 19, 2014, FDA official, Malvina Eydelman, M.D., summarized the study findings saying, "Given the large number of patients undergoing LASIK annually, dissatisfaction and disabling symptoms may occur in a significant number of patients."
• Visual symptoms were "very" or "extremely" bothersome in up to 4% of subjects.
• Up to 1% of subjects experienced a lot of difficulty with or were unable to do usual activities due to visual symptoms.
• Up to 30% of subjects with no symptoms of dry eyes before LASIK developed dry eye symptoms after LASIK.
• Up to 4% of subjects were dissatisfied with their vision.
New website offering hope for vision restoration
Lasers can certainly remove corneal tissue, but no technology can replace it. Dr. Edward Boshnick, OD, launched sclerallens.com to give hope and help to those who have lost quality vision and ocular comfort due to refractive eye surgery including LASIK.
March 2014 - Survey of physicians who've had laser eye surgery confirms high rates of adverse effects,
consistent with LASIK critics' assertions
Pasquali et al performed a survey of physicians who underwent laser eye surgery from 2000 to 2012, which was published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (JCRS). In a colossal failed attempt to spin the survey results in favor of LASIK, JCRS editor Nick Mamalis, MD revealed the following high rates of post-surgical adverse effects reported by physician-respondents: "eyes feeling irritated (50%), glare (43%), halos (41%), and [trouble] seeing in dim light (35.2%)."Source: Mamalis N. Laser vision correction among physicians: "the proof of the pudding is in the eating". J Cataract Refract Surg. 2014 Mar;40(3):343-4.
In the editorial, Mamalis refers to the LASIK industry's hastily thrown together LASIK WORLD LITERATURE REVIEW, calling it "an exhaustive review". In their haste to counter negative press surrounding a 2008 FDA hearing on LASIK problems, perhaps the authors forgot to mention that the articles retained in the literature review confirm double-digit rates of persistent dry eyes and night vision problems after LASIK.
1/14/2015 - LASIK: A Fight FDA Can’t Ethically Win written by FDA watchdog/blogger.
9/20/2014 - Optical Express at the center of a series of controversies. Read about it on News
7/28/2014 - In sunny world of LASIK marketers, a dark underbelly.
7/17/2014 - FDA releases new MedWatcher Mobile App for reporting LASIK problems to the FDA.
5/7/2014 - Ads trivializing laser eye surgery under scrutiny in Ireland. Read about it at Limerick Leader.
LASIK injuries recently reported to the FDA
7/24/2014 - "I had lasik eye surgery in 2006 by an extremely reputable doctor... It wasn't until 2 years after the procedure that I was diagnosed with post lasik ectasia... Since then I have spent much time, energy and money attempting to save what vision I have left and avoid having cornea transplants." Read report
7/18/2014 - "I had lasik done [in] 2011... I can no longer drive at night due to starburst and shadows from headlights that completely blind me." Read report
6/14/2014 - "Now 16 months [after LASIK], severe dry eye continues. I awaken with eye lids unable to open, sticking to eye ball, I require eye drops to separate eye ball from eye lids to open. I used eye drops all day long." Read report
6/8/2014 - "So I had lasik surgery on the same day and the doctor persuaded me that the surgery was a true success. Unfortunately within a week, I started experiencing poor and blurry vision and severe dryness in my eyes... After a couple of visits my doctor told me that I am suffering from ectasia..." Read report
Read more LASIK injuries reported to the FDA
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 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... That had been a year ago, and not only was I not seeing better, but my vision kept getting worse.
3/20/2012 - FDA letter to ASCRS: LASIK ads which fail to disclose risks are illegal
Excerpt: "... the FDA‑approved labeling for every laser approved for LASIK includes the risks of dry eye syndrome, which can be severe; the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including halos, glare, starbursts, and double vision, which can be debilitating; and the loss of vision. FDA recommends the inclusion of this risk information in all advertising and promotional materials for FDA‑approved lasers used for LASIK."
If you become aware of an advertisement, promotional material, or Internet promotion for LASIK that fails to disclose risks, contraindications, warnings, and precautions, please forward it to the FDA. We have designed a template that you may modify to file your complaint. False ad template.
How YOU can help
Leave your comments and sign the petition to stop LASIK. Read what over 900 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)
Other articles of interest
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
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.
20% complication rate six months after LASIK
in FDA-required clinical trials
including newer technologies
From the report: "In [FDA] studies, ~15% of patients experienced night vision symptoms that were worse or significantly worse than preoperative night vision symptoms. Approximately 20% of patients experienced dryness symptoms that were worse or significantly worse than preoperative dryness." View complication table from report. Source: Bailey MD, Zadnik K. Outcomes of LASIK for myopia with FDA-approved lasers. Cornea. 2007 Apr;26(3):246-54.
Shocking videos of renowned 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.
Before You Let Them Cut on Your Eyes
Watch Joe Tye's 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.
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.
Register with LASIK Surgery Watch, a non-profit LASIK patient advocacy organization: Every Patient Counts
Q. What do 63% of LASIK Surgery Watch members have in common? Answer
On Facebook? Join the LASIK Patient Advocacy Network. Founded by Scott Tolchin, the cause seeks to raise awareness of problems and risks of LASIK surgery, and to serve as an advocate on behalf of LASIK patients.
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. 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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