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 Post subject: Another article re: FDA hearing
PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:50 am 
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From the article (my emphasis in bold) ...

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According to Dr. Schallhorn, there are a very small number of patients whose outcomes are not reflected in their level of satisfaction. "While normally we can identify several reasons for their dissatisfaction ,sometimes we can't, which points to other factors. That in a nutshell is why the FDA, NEI, ASCRS, AAO are committed to participating in a study," Dr. Schallhorn told Ophthalmology Times.


This statement by Dr. Schallhorn is scary. According to his quote, the FDA, NEI, ASCRS, and AAO are participarting in the upcoming quality of life study to determine why patients are dissatified with their LASIK when the LASIK physician cannot determine what is wrong with the patient. Per Dr. Schallhorn, this "points to other factors".

We know the game that ASCRS is looking to play. Rather than focus on the real issue at hand which is the impact of the REAL physical complications on a person's QOL, they will in essence conclude that some patients will never be happy or have pre-existing emotional problems. These are the "other factors" that Dr. Schallhorn is stating as being the sole purpose of what the pending FDA, NEI, ASCRS, and AAO will be focusing on. I'm sure his sidekick, Dr. Jennifer Morse, will play right along with her conveniently similar findings that include the following ...

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According to Jennifer Morse, MD, psychiatrist, San Diego, studies do not exist to support the claim that LASIK is a cause of postoperative depression.


So Dr. Morse is insinuating that if a study doesn't exist, that means the cause and effect between a poor LASIK outcome and depression cannot be stated to be real.:roll:

Dr. Morse then follows up the quote above with the following quote ...

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Dr. Morse, who also spoke at the meeting in favor of LASIK and has conducted research on the psychologic effects of refractive surgery on U.S. Navy personnel. "You have to assume it (depression) is pre-existing and is already causing difficulty (prior to LASIK)."


Note that Dr. Schallhorn and Morse are slated to be 2 of the lead researchers in the upcoming FDA, NEI, ASCRS, and AAO quality of life study.

Do these sound like researchers who have already formulated their conclusions before the research has even begun?

This pending QOL study is a complete scam and the FDA is doing a grave injustice to the public that it is entrusted to protect by participating with extremely biased researchers who have made a name for themselves by promoting LASIK whether in the public or in the military. In addition, many of these same researchers also have financial interests in the LASIK device makers.

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Additional statements by Dr. Schallhorn from the following article (my emphasis was added with the bold text) ...

http://www.newsobserver.com/150/story/920341.html

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Laser eye surgeons who treat patients with complications say they do come across cases of depression, but they don't think lasik complications are the root cause. They say patients who exhibit depression after the procedure were likely depressed or psychologically troubled beforehand.

"There's no cause and effect," said Dr. Steven C. Schallhorn, the former head of the Navy Refractive Surgery Center in San Diego and an expert on permanent visual distortions from lasik.


In the same article, Dr. Alan Carlson, Duke Eye Center, discusses a conclusion that Dr. Schallhorn also eluded to in the OphthalmologyTimes article. This is the same predetermined conclusion that Drs. Schallhorn and Morse are promoting for the QOL study that has yet to begin ...

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Dr. Alan Carlson, a laser eye surgeon at the Duke Eye Center in Durham, built his career on correcting the vision of patients at high risk of complications. He said people at risk of depression or anxiety are generally not good candidates for lasik. He compared them to patients who become depressed after undergoing cosmetic surgery, another elective and medically unnecessary procedure.

"Their motivation and expectations may reflect something they're missing in their life that they're not telling you about," he said.


Rather than focusing on the real issue of the impact of poor LASIK outcomes on an individuals QOL, it is becoming more evident with every new ophthalmology article and from hearing from LASIK industry physicians at the FDA hearing that the LASIK industry plans to conclude that many, if not most, of the poor LASIK outcomes were actually okay but the individuals had psychological issues to begin with. The conclusion of the QOL study will therefore be that better screening of patients is needed so that the crazy and depressed candidates are better identified and screened out.

Clearly the plan is to continue to blame the patient in what is likely the most insulting methods to date. The time has come for all LASIK patients to be heard by the FDA and other leaders.

David Hartzok, OD recently stated: ?There are also patients, misunderstood and even blamed, who are considered foolish and who suffer in silence. How many are there? No one knows.? Unfortunately, it is this silence to date that has allowed LASIK patients rights to be ignored and even trampled. Hopefully we as LASIK victims will find a way to unite and make significant positive changes.

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Don't you think, though, that once LASIK is finished the industry will just shrug its collective shoulders and say, "Time to move to IOLs."

Then they'll start talking about how much safer IOLs are than Lasik, because you don't have dry eye with IOLs, you don't have ectasia with IOLs, etc. They'll market it as safer than LASIK. They'll want to implant wavefront IOLs into the poor unfortunate LASIK patient who suffers with lasting aberrations.

Even if they stopped LASIK tomorrow and pulled the license of every doc that ever did it, they'll all multi-millionares.


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