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FDA's Impact on Risks and Benefits of LASIK

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  • a year ago

LASIK surgery is a type of vision correction procedure that is widely used to help people with vision issues. The FDA recently issued draft guidance on the potential risks associated with LASIK, yet the majority of patients report positive results from the procedure. The procedure itself involves the reshaping of the cornea with various laser techniques such as LASIK, PRK, or SMILE. The best candidates for LASIK are those with healthy eyes who want to depend on glasses and contact lenses less and people who are intolerant of glasses or contact lenses.

While the majority of people benefit from LASIK, there are potential risks and side effects associated with the procedure, such as red eyes, blurred vision, dry eyes, reduced vision, and in rare cases, long-term complications like the flap not healing properly or the possible loss of corneal strength. Additionally, having had LASIK may complicate cataract surgery if needed in the future, and it can give artificially low pressure readings during eye exams.

It is important to remember that, although LASIK can be a beneficial procedure for many people, it is not without risks. To ensure a successful outcome, it is important to visit an ophthalmologist who specializes in these kind of procedures, does thorough and appropriate testing, and goes through a proper informed consent process.

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