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 Post subject: Reuters: Unhappy LASIK patients urge FDA to take action
PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:17 pm 

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Unhappy LASIK patients urge FDA to take action

April 25, 2008

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland (Reuters) - Patients unhappy with their laser eye surgery urged U.S. health regulators to do more to limit poor results, saying complications from the LASIK procedure have taken a toll on their sight and emotions.

Blurred vision, dry eyes, glare and double-vision have led to depression and in some cases suicide, several patients told a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel.

"Since LASIK, I am visually handicapped," said patient David Shell, adding that he has near constant eye pain and depression. "My eyes never feel comfortable... 10 years have passed and I still suffer from this problem."

The FDA is also planning to begin a study on LASIK patient satisfaction in 2009 along with the National Eye Institute and two industry groups: the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Patient and consumer advocates at Friday's meeting objected to the groups' involvement with the study, citing conflicts of interest. Industry representatives said it would help them understand why some patients are unhappy with their LASIK results.

Advanced Medical Optics shares were off 1.1 percent to $19.84 in noon trading, while Alcon shares were off 0.2 percent to $154.68, both on the New York Stock Exchange.

TLC Vision shares were down 2.5 percent at $1.19, while shares of LCA-Vision were off 0.6 percent at $12.03, both on Nasdaq.

Full article at:
http://www.reuters.com/article/domestic ... =0&sp=true

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