Now on 1/6/2011, Morris Waxler, PhD, former Chief of the FDA branch responsible for reviewing LASIK clinical trials, filed a petition with the FDA calling for immediate withdrawal of LASIK
devices and asking for a LASIK public health advisory. Check out http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/support-petition-to-withdraw-lasik-approval/
What's more, Waxler says that the FDA was under tremendous pressure from the LASIK industry to approve the technology. When you read his petition, he says that (direct quote) "the FDA was deprived of knowledge of the full extent of LASIK injuries prior to and during FDA reviews of documents submitted in support of the safety and effectiveness of LASIK devices under 21 CFR 812 and 21 CFR 814. In addition, LASIK manufacturers and their collaborators withheld safety and effectiveness information from their investigational device exemption (IDE) reports to the FDA. In addition, they hid LASIK injuries from FDA within the context of out-of-court settlement of innumerable lawsuits. Clinic-sponsored IDE studies cherry-picked, withheld, and hid data from FDA thatclearly showed LASIK with excessive adverse event rates (greater than 1%). These activities were an industry-wide effort, organized wholly or in part by the manufacturers and their collaborators in order to circumvent FDA law
and regulation. I will submit CONFIDENTIAL information on these matters separately to FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigation."
The language that Waxler uses is very alarming, and he uses a lot of scientific research. He talks about an "epidemic of permanent eye injury" from the "medically-unnecessary" surgical procedure. The research shows that (a) the LASIK flap never heals and may be accidentally dislodged for the rest of a patient's lifetime, (b) that the cornea is permanently weakened and may develop ectasia weeks, months, or years later, leading to vision loss, (c) that corneal nerves which stimulate tear production are severed and destroyed during LASIK, and that these nerves never fully recover — potentially leading to permanent dry eye disease, (d) that having LASIK causes problems in the future for glaucoma screening and cataract surgery, (e) persistent decrease in corneal cells (keratocytes) — it is unknown how this decrease affects long-term viability of the cornea, and (f) that visual quality at night is permanently reduced after LASIK, even when the patient has 20/20 or better daytime vision.
It sounds like "most people do well" is marketing spin."
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