LASIK is one of the most popular types of eye procedures around. Once too expensive, laser eye surgery is now cheaper than ever, and patients often experience very little downtime afterwards. Many and many people love their results, but that does not mean that in some cases there are no complications, sometimes severe complications.
Now, a former advisor who works with the Food and Drug Administration and votes to approve LASIK as a medical procedure says that the FDA ignores data that suggests that LASIK should be banned. As CBS News reports, Maurice Waxler regrets his prior approval of LASIK and asks the medical community to reassess the risks.
Each medical procedure carries its share of risks, but Waxler says that the rate of complications after LASIK surgery is much higher than should be acceptable. Some patients report double vision and "star bursts," which is a blurring of an object, often lit at night.
When a doctor performs a LASIK procedure, a laser is used to change the cornea. This can correct common vision problems such as myopia, which would otherwise require contact lenses or glasses. It was first approved in 1
Waxler claims that based on their own analysis of the complication rate, somewhere between 10% and 30% of patients experience the term side effects. It is important to note that these numbers are not "official" in any way and that, as far as the FDA is concerned, LASIK is a procedure that should be an option for those who seek and take into account the potential risks.  LASIK, Waxler says, should not even be considered an option for people whose vision can be easily adjusted with glasses or contacts. The FDA's agency emphasizes that patients considering LASIK should undergo extensive pre-screening to ensure they are a good candidate for surgery.