Exposing the LASIK Scam

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 Post subject: Seducing patients with femtosecond unethical
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:07 pm 

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Femtosecond lasers offer patients no substantial advantage over the improved results obtained with new generation microkeratomes for safety and precision, according to Theo Seiler MD, IROC, Z?rich, Switzerland, who described the disadvantages of femtosecond lasers as the advocatus diaboli in this discussion. ?Actually the femtosecond laser is medically indicated in a minority of our patients, probably less than five per cent. Seducing patients to get femtosecond LASIK as a standard procedure is at least an overkill, if not unethical, according to some,? he said. Recent studies seem to concur.A 100-patient investigation by Lim in 2006 showed that the femtosecond laser had failed to have significant superiority in clinical outcomes like contrast sensitivity and low contrast visual acuity, while in 2007, Patel revealed in over 100 patients that the method of flap creation did not affect the visual outcome. Although flap thickness regularity is one of the main reasons surgeons choose femtosecond laser, an investigation by Talamo revealed that femtosecond-laser flaps were an average of 119? 12μm while mechanical microkeratome flaps measured 130?19μm on average, which reduces variance only slightly, Dr Seiler said.


"What concerns me is that if the person informing the patient is themselves poorly or inaccurately informed then how on earth can consent ever be truly informed?" Dr. Sarah Smith

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