In 2011 the FDA conducted a study where LASIK surgery was re-examined for safety reasons. Ocular Surgery News ran an article in their March 2011 issue about the FDA’s re-examination and interviewed Premier Medical’s own Richard Duffey, MD. In the article Dr. Duffey explained that the outcome for successful LASIK hinges on the right combination of patient eligibility and surgeon experience.
“If you pick the right patients and combine them with the right technology and surgeons who are top-notch, laser vision correction is the platinum standard for modern medicine.” ~ Dr. Richard Duffey
When asked how he felt about the FDA’s re-examination, Dr. Duffey explained that he felt that the new study is the best way to see what is effective vs. what’s non-effective. The study is an effort to provide thorough and transparent data on LASIK. Dr. Duffey reiterated his thoughts about LASIK risks in his closing remarks by stating that well-qualified patients have less risk because of the extraocular nature vs. intraocular procedures such as RLE or phakic IOL insertion.
If you have a subscription to Ocular Surgery News more on the FDA’s re-examination of LASIK can be found here.