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LASIK eye surgery should be taken off market, former FDA adviser says

Cross-Posted from CBS News

LASIK eye surgery has been popular for more than 20 years, with an estimated 20 million Americans undergoing the procedure to correct nearsightedness and improve distance vision. But some patients say the surgery has ruined their eyesight.

The quick, minimally-invasive surgery uses a laser to cut a flap to reshape the cornea at the front of the eye. Now an expert who once backed LASIK is campaigning to get it off the market.


Is Suicide an Adverse Effect of LASIK Surgery?

By S. Nicole Lane

Each year, approximately 700,000 Americans choose to undergo LASIK surgery. Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can all be corrected with this procedure, which utilizes a laser to reshape the cornea and improve vision, eliminating the need for contacts and glasses.

The success rate of LASIK is nevertheless very high, with a 96% patient satisfaction rate, as noted by the Journal of Cataract and Refractive SurgeryEric Donnenfeld, MD, former president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, has completed over 85,000 successful procedures. Of these, Donnenfeld reports 96 to 98% of LASIK patients have 20/20 vision post-surgery.

But what about the other 2 to 4%? When complications do occur from LASIK, they may be severe and even life-changing. (continues at MedTruth)

After Eyeball Tattoo, Model Is Partially Blind, in ‘Excruciating’ Pain

From The Chicago Tribune
October 2, 2017
Written by Amy B Wang

Purple is Catt Gallinger’s favorite color.

Pictures of the Canadian model often showed her sporting purple hair or purple lipstick, or the purple tinge of her numerous tattoos peeking out from beneath a tank top. So when the already heavily inked Ottawa resident had the opportunity to “tattoo” her eyeball — a procedure called sclera staining, in which ink is injected into the white part of the eye — she chose the color purple. (more…)

Solar Eclipse

Recently, we were lucky enough to be able to watch a solar eclipse here in the Northeast part of the United States.

Unfortunately, quite a number of people did not pay attention to the warnings given and actually looked up at the sun. I saw a number of new patients with eye problems caused by doing just this.

Solar retinopathy is when the retina receives ultraviolet light and is actually burned, much like a rapid sunburn. Patients were reporting seeing blurry after the exposure, or seeing a small spot in the middle of their vision that made it hard or impossible to see what was directly in front of them.

The other problem that comes from having looked at the eclipse is photokeratitis which is like a sunburn of the cornea. This is a very painful condition because of the huge number of nerve endings in the cornea. This can also occur when you look at a large area of snow on a very sunny day.

If you or a loved one has looked at the eclipse and is suffering from any of the above mentioned symptoms, you see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

Eye Danger Signs

If you experience any of the following eye symptoms, you should call the office immediately.  If I am out of town, please call the doctor covering my patients immediately. His/her phone number will be left on the outgoing voicemail message.

Eye Danger Symptoms

  • Flashing lights/floating black spots, veils or curtains. These can be symptoms of a retinal tear or a retinal detachment, which needs immediate attention.
  • Pain/ extreme redness /deceased vision/ light sensitivity. These may have several causes, including infections of the cornea, corneal abrasions, inflammation in the eye and acute glaucoma
  • Distorted vision/wavy lines. These can be caused by retina problems, including “wet” macular degeneration.
  • In a child under 6 years of age, one eye suddenly turning out, in or up. After an eye turns, it may become “lazy” and will lose vision.
  • In a child, a white pupil

Do You Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

If your eyes burn and sting, if you have a foreign body sensation (like grit), if your eyes are sensitive to light, or if your vision is intermittently blurred, you could have dry eye syndrome.

To diagnosis dry eye, your ophthalmologist will examine your eyes with a slit lamp using a special stain. He or she may also use a filter paper test called a “Schirmer test”. (more…)