Issues

The following regulatory agencies are responsible for issues related to LASIK surgery:

The Food and Drug Administration »

The Federal Trade Commission »

State Medical Boards »


One of the most telling issues that LASIK Surgery Watch has identified is the disconnect between what the LASIK industry sees as a success and what a patient experiences. more »

Dry eye is the most common complication of LASIK. FDA clinical trials demonstrate 20% of LASIK patient experience worse or significantly worse dry eyes six months after LASIK. more »

Visual disturbances and reduced visual quality after LASIK are difficult concepts for individuals who have never experienced them to comprehend. more »

Long-term weakness of the LASIK interface wound is confirmed by numerous case studies of late flap dislocation. more »

The cornea is permanently weakened by LASIK. more »

Inaccurate measurement of intraocular pressure (IOP) after LASIK surgery complicates glaucoma screening. more »

Inaccurate measurement of intraocular lens (IOL) power after LASIK complicates cataract surgery. more »

Progressive decrease in corneal keratocyte density after LASIK is reported. more »

LASIK complications may be permanent and result in reduced vision or even loss of sight. more »

LASIK complications may present weeks, months or years after seemingly successful LASIK. more »

Success of LASIK is typically measured by the Snellen eye chart without regard for 'side-effects' or long-term consequences. more »

Rehabiliation options for most LASIK complications are limited. more »

Nearsighted LASIK patients over the age of 40 may find they have simply traded one pair of glasses for another. more »

Bilateral simultaneous LASIK denies patients the opportunity to assess surgical outcome in the first eye before risking the fellow eye. more »

The impact of a poor outcome on LASIK patients’ quality of life has had little study and is poorly understood. more »

A Final Consideration »