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April 27, 2008

Welcome to OCLI’s new LASIK blog. Our goal is to be an informative source of current issues in the refractive surgery market. We hope that this blog will serve as an educational source to those interested in refractive surgery. We welcome your comments, questions, and concerns.

For our first entry, one can’t help but notice all the news stories this past week concerning the FDA’s recent hearings concerning LASIK complications. To quote a story in the AP:

The FDA agrees with eye surgeons’ studies that only about 5 percent of patients are dissatisfied with LASIK. What’s not clear is exactly how many of those suffer lasting severe problems and how many just didn’t get quite as clear vision as they had expected.
The most meticulous studies come from the military, where far less than 1 percent of LASIK recipients suffer serious side effects, said Dr. David Tanzer, the Navy’s Medical Corps commander. That research prompted LASIK to be cleared last year both for Navy aviators and NASA astronauts.

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What this all tells us is that LASIK is indeed surgery, and with it comes both risks and rewards. The key is to make sure one is a very good candidate for the procedure, thus decreasing the risks while increasing the rewards. Be sure to seek the advice of an experienced LASIK surgeon, with years of experience, and an excellent track record!

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