FDA: Patients Should Be Warned of Lasik Surgery Complications

Patients need to be better informed about Lasik eye surgery complications, such as eye dryness or chronic pain, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says in its draft recommendations.

The FDA says it has gathered new information about the risks associated with Lasik, such as increased eye dryness, which may also cause discomfort and visual problems.

Lasik eye surgery is the most commonly performed laser refractive surgery to correct vision problems. During the surgery, a laser is used to change the shape of the dome-shaped clear tissue at the front of your eye (cornea). An estimated 700,000 patients in the US undergo surgery every year.

“FDA is aware that patients may not be receiving information in a format that allows them to make a well-informed decision about whether to have Lasik. The recommendations in this guidance are being made to help ensure that patients are informed of the significant risks associated with LASIK prior to choosing this type of surgery and are informed by the latest information about these devices,” the draft says.

According to the FDA, possible Lasik eye surgery complications include inflammation or infection. And while it is not unusual to have mild discomfort right after the surgery, in some patients, the pain may never go away “and may be resistant to therapy.”

The agency says that the surgery may cause or worsen visual symptoms, such as glare or halos, with the most common complaint being difficulty with driving.

Moreover, some people still need to wear glasses or contact lenses after the surgery, or the level of vision correction may decrease over time, according to the FDA.

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Lew Lew
prefix 1 month ago
Had Lasik in 2001, best thing I ever done.
Still 20/20
Karolis Karolis
prefix 1 month ago
ok? and your point is?
Randy Randy
prefix 1 month ago
The point is, this is all in rare cases and the entire article is just fear mongering for clicks.