Lasik Surgery Patients Air Grievances to FDA The Food and Drug Administration is seeking advice from a panel of outside experts over whether to provide more information to patients about laser eye surgery. They will also hear from Lasik customers who are not satisfied with the results of the surgery.
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Lasik Surgery Patients Air Grievances to FDA

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Lasik Surgery Patients Air Grievances to FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration is seeking advice from a panel of outside experts over whether to provide more information to patients about laser eye surgery. They will also hear from Lasik customers who are not satisfied with the results of the surgery.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

NPR's Allison Aubrey reports.

ALLISON AUBREY: But over the years, the FDA has received a steady stream of complaints from unhappy Lasik customers. Dr. Daniel Schultz directs the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

D: Clearly, there is a group who are not satisfied and do not get the kind of results that they expect.

AUBREY: Some of the reported side effects include eye infections, blurry vision and dry eyes. Schultz says no one knows for certain how many of the people who undergo laser eye surgery actually experience complications. There are lots of anecdotes, and there are some estimates based on clinical trials done by the companies that market Lasik. But Schultz says none of these really answer the question.

D: What we're trying to do is develop more concrete numbers so that we can quantify it.

AUBREY: Allison Aubrey, NPR News.

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