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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:54 pm 
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Lasik worries? Some may see better with alternatives

By LAURAN NEERGAARD ? 1 day ago

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WASHINGTON (AP) ? Frightened by headlines about Lasik side effects? Lasik gets all the advertising, but there are half a dozen alternate eye surgeries ? from a simpler laser approach to implantable lenses ? that might solve your squint.


Full article at http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i2oe ... gD90B1SCG0

Lasik surgery: Not all patients should have it

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Moshirfar said the laser technology works well, but not all patients should have it. Not all patients need it! He said, "I mean I always tell my patients, 'Are you happy with your glasses? Are you happy with contact lenses? Then don't even get this surgery.'" Approximately 700,000 Lasik procedures are done every year. Some of the marketing has gotten out of hand. "We need to look at this not as a commodity. This is not a commodity. This is a health care procedure," Moshirfar said.


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FDA Panel Urges Stronger Warnings for LASIK Surgery

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But, the much-touted procedure is not for everyone. Those who should rule it out include individuals who have a misshapen cornea or excessively thin cornea, who have early cataract formation or big pupils, who have dry eyes, or underlying conditions such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, said Dr. Norman Saffra, director of ophthalmology at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City.

Negative results can include glare and halos around lights at night. Some patients have actually had to have corneal transplants when LASIK went wrong, Starr said.

Surgeons may also rule out patients with unrealistic expectations. "I had a patient who said, 'I want to be able to see a license plate on a dark country road from a mile away,' so I didn't do it," said Cykiert, who estimated that he declines about 20 percent of patients who come to him.

Cykiert recommends that the surgeon who is going to perform the LASIK surgery also be the one to pre-screen candidates. "One of the things [the FDA] is probably going to find is that some of the people who have complaints that are valid may possibly have not been evaluated pre-operatively as thoroughly as they could have been," he said.

"It's an elective surgery, you're operating on very healthy people, healthy eyes, you don't want to take any chances," said Starr, who turns away 50 percent to 60 percent of prospective patients who come to him.

Starr himself has declined to have the procedure, because he considers himself "borderline." (Refractive surgeons in general, however, are four times more likely than the general population to undergo LASIK, according to a survey from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.)

But while screening is good, it can always be better.

"How can we identify that subset of patients whose lives are irreversibly changed from a relatively 'safe' procedure," said Saffra.

To that end, the new task force is undertaking a study to identify additional factors to help screen candidates for LASIK.

"This is a science in evolution, and it is unacceptable to any eye physician to do harm to a patient, to have people whose lives are changed negatively forever, when it should have been a slam dunk," Saffra said.


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