FDA to Review LASIK
Recently the FDA noted that while there are no published studies to suggest significant problems with quality of life following LASIK, there have been few well designed studies to evaluate quality of life post-LASIK.
In response to consumer concerns, the FDA is undertaking a joint task force to try and quantify the small percentage of patients that were dissatisfied with LASIK.
The task force includes assistance from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes for Health, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Refractive surgeons across the United States will participate in this large clinical study to investigate patient satisfaction following LASIK. The AAO reports that a meta-analysis of the worldwide literature about patient satisfaction following LASIK is underway. Additional information about laser eye surgery can be found on our website www.westernlasereye.com as well as the AAO website www.aao.org and the FDA website at www.fda.gov .
Refractive surgeons look forward to the results of this study as it will help in counseling patients before surgery, and help patients to make the best choices for vision correction.