Aggrieved patients tell FDA to regulate LASIK eye surgery

Dozens of angry patients who claim they were injured by LASIK eye surgeries are banding together in an attempt to pressure the FDA to crack down on providers of the therapy. So far, they haven't succeeded. "With millions of people having undergone laser eye surgery with such frequent problems," they wrote in a petition, "it follows that there is an epidemic of visual symptoms/night vision problems and dry eyes caused by this unnecessary surgery. Unless the FDA immediately begins to provide adequately strong black-box warnings about the risks and adverse effects of laser eye surgery, the epidemic will continue to grow. There have already been several reports of LASIK-related suicide and countless reports of suicidal ideation. A black-box warning would help reduce the number of such negative outcomes and therefore falls well within the FDA's mandate of protecting and promoting public health." Story