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Long Term Risks With Laser Eye Surgery

Hi, I hope you get much needed information here on the long term risks with laser eye surgery (LASIK or PRK). I’ve scoured the internet to bring you these information.

Excerpt http://www.aao.org/publications/eyenet/200711/feature3.cfm

We are also just now learning of some of the long-term complications of refractive surgery, which are being reflected in new allegations and lawsuits. For example, some patients are developing postrefractive ectasia years after the procedure; this condition not only compromises vision, but also may need to be treated with a corneal transplant. Indeed, there have been some multimillion dollar indemnity payments associated with ectasia; while OMIC has had some cases, our losses have been modest in comparison.

To really think about human nature, having the tendency to be greedy, there are cases wherein eye surgeons do not fully disclose the possible “long term” risks. So instead of asking your surgeon how many did he/she had laser eye surgery performed, ask how many did he/she refused. Not all people are qualified for laser eye surgery. If you have thin cornea, large pupil, dry eyes things like that then you may want to pause and think more about it.

The Flap Won’t Heal Completely

It is found out that the cornea really isn’t able to completely heal itself after a laser eye surgery (LASIK). What the cornea will do is to form a very small scar at the borders of the flap, this will in turn holds the flap, nevertheless the actual flap does not integrate itself to the cornea beneath it.

Weakens The Cornea 

EcstasiaAnother side effect of laser eye surgery is that it completely thins and weakens the cornea, which in turn may cause gradual steepening or bulging (ectasia) of the cornea which is also accompanies by related degeneration of eye-sight.

This image is a photo of a patient who developed bulging of the cornea (corneal ecstasia) when he had laser eye surgery (LASIK) in 1997.  Several years later he started losing his vision.

Blindness

There are people that says there are no reports of patients going blind from laser eye surgery, but after doing some searching in the internet I found videos of people that reports loss of vision. You can check this site http://lasereyesurgeryrisks.org/

Confession Of The Person Responsible In Getting This Approved

Former FDA Regulator Says Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK) Outcomes Weren’t Taken Seriously Enough

Morris Waxler (FDA ophthalmic surgical devices branch chief) said that it was pooh-poohed so much it was just kind of pressed aside, like saying that we don’t know what to do with that details. It’s right there in the record. The companies and the doctors, people know these problems occur and there doesn’t seem to be a way to cope with some of the more complicated problems that have developed.

A wide range of patients who had laser eye surgery, a procedure that uses a laser system device to enhance the cornea and thereby corrects eye-sight, say they now experience adverse reactions such as halos, starbursts, glare double-vision and night blindness. In some circumstances either these adverse reactions go away within a few several weeks or a few several weeks of the surgery, but in other circumstances, they appear to be resilient. Some people experience them a little bit, but others have them so bad they can’t perform main functions, such as basic operations of vehicles, and some people have gone jobless because of the depressing effects of laser eye surger

Get A Copy of  The Patient Information Booklet Before Deciding

The Patient Information Booklet offers information from FDA clinical tests such as warnings, contraindication, risks and outcomes. The FDA demands that each and every patient who is about to go through laser eye surgery be provided the Patient Information Booklet released by the laser company.

Non observance of this FDA requirement is prevalent. Every FDA-authorized laser comes with it an authorization order with the Patient Information Booklet mandate. Surgeons most of the time hide these booklets from patients so most often patients don’t get necessary information before they undergo surgery.

The Patient Information Booklets are all are offered on the fda website. This is where you can find the most reliable information about laser eye surgery. Just imagine if patients have read the Patient Information Booklets before they had surgery, most probably they will not submit themselves to the procedure.

Patient Information Booklets display a great number of (quote and unquote) ‘symptoms’ (sensitivity to light, very dry eyes, starbursts, halos, glare, double vision…..), this is the primary motive why lasik doctors conceal this booklets from their patients. LASIK companies and their cohorts have managed to pressure the FDA to categorize these issues as simple “symptoms” so that producers of LASIK could declare that the negative occurrence rate is below one percent.

http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/SurgeryandLifeSupport/LASIK/ucm192109.htm

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