Side-effects of Lasik eye surgery is attracting increasing attention in the United States, with patients complaining about impaired vision and chronic pain that has led to job loss and disability, social isolation, depression – and even suicides.
In a feature article, The New York Times newspaper on 11 June reported
the Food and Drug Administration approved the first lasers to correct vision in the 1990s, with roughly 9.5 million Americans having had laser eye surgery, “lured by the promise of a quick fix ridding them of nettlesome glasses and contact lenses”.
The New York Times report said there is also a wide perception among patients, fostered by many ophthalmologists who do the surgery, that the procedure is virtually fool-proof.
However, as far back as 2008, patients who had received Lasik and their families testified at an FDA meeting about impaired vision and chronic pain that led to job loss and disability, social isolation, depression – and even suicides, the report said.
Even now, serious questions remain about both the short- and long-term risks and the complications of this increasingly common procedure, it said.
Nearly half of all people who had healthy eyes before Lasik developed visual aberrations for the first time after the procedure, the trial found. Nearly one-third developed dry eye for the first time.