The quest for 20/20 vision… Millions of people want it and have undergone Lasik surgery to get it to correct their vision. But the man who was a key proponent to approve laser eye surgery is now speaking out against it. Former Food and Drug Administration official Morris Waxler sees things differently now. Waxler is petitioning the FDA to strengthen warnings and regulations regarding Lasik…. To stop what he calls an “epidemic of permanent vision problems” caused by Lasik. Waxler says data shows more than 50% of Lasik patients have vision problems, such as seeing halos and starbursts around lights and objects and blurriness. Waxler says that 33% of patients end up getting glasses. But not everyone agrees… and we’ll get both sides of this argument.
This morning, CNN’s Kyra Phillips will talk with Morris Waxler and Dr. Stephen Slade who performed the first Lasik surgery in the U.S. at 10:15am ET on CNN Newsroom. We want you to weigh in on this conversation… Do you think Lasik surgery is safe and effective? Tell us what you think and we’ll read some of your comments during the show.