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Major news organizations recently covered an FDA public hearing about lasik safety – but did they get the facts right by focusing on the experiences of a few disgruntled patients?

David L. Shenkenberg, Features Editor

The public hearing of the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel on April 25, 2008, gave industry observers insight into the safety and efficacy of lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) after more than a decade of its use on patients. The purpose of the meeting varied according to the person being asked. Lasik surgeons and other members of the industry presented data showing that the overwhelming majority of patients are satisfied after the procedure and experience a greatly improved quality of life, whereas a few dissatisfied patients and their advocates voiced concerns. Although this...Read full article

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