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September 29th, 2010
03:40 AM ET

The Safety of Lasik Surgery Questioned

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.

CNN’s Kyra Phillips spoke with Morris Waxler and Dr. Stephen Slade who performed the first Lasik surgery in the U.S.


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  1. Barbara Johnson

    Since I wrote my first comment, I have been to the Opthamologist. He said, "Lasik surgery is on its way out, due to the previously unknowns that are beginning to show up over time."

    That is one Dr.'s opinion, but it certainly makes sense to me based on the comments I have seen here from people who have now experienced the 'unknowns'.

    Barbara

    October 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  2. Junior

    I thank God for Dr. Waxler in his efforts to expose this unethical practice. No physician should ever get on National TV defending putting a patient at risk on something as precious as one's eyesight. It is about the patient and when it has come to the point that you have to defend taking risk on an "elective" procedure, the ethitcal integrity of the procedure and the physician defending it need be investigated. Why not say, "I think that this issue is something that has alerted the public interest and I take an ethical stand as a physician vowing to relieve the public of any future risk and not perform this surgery anymore." I think people would respect the physician profession more with an ethical response, not a defensive one. When the truth is finally known about the risks/complications of LASIK surgery, it will damage the public's trust in medicine as a whole. Please be aware of the narcissistic personality of many LASIK surgeons. You won't see it until you start voicing your concerns. They will never admit any wrongdoing and you will be the one who is injured. As an ethical, Christian physician, I beg you "DO NOT DO LASIK, KEEP YOUR GLASSES AND CONTACTS."

    October 9, 2010 at 3:48 am |
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