A former Food and Drug Administration advisor who originally voted to approve LASIK eye surgery now says that the procedure should be taken off the market.
"In principle, we ignored the data on vision distortions that lasted for several years," Morris Waxler, a retired FDA adviser, told CBS News. "I checked the documentation again … and I said, 'Wow this is not good. ""
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Although an FDA patient study found that more than 95 percent of patients were satisfied with their results after surgery, which federal officials approved in 1
LASIK surgery uses a special laser to reshape the cornea to improve the "focusing power" of the eye, according to the FDA.
, the federal health agency, specifies the risks associated with the procedure, which include vision loss, "debilitating visual symptoms" – such as glare, blurring and / or double vision – and severe dry eye syndrome. In addition, there are no long-term data available on the procedure, which means that "LASKI long-term surgery and effectiveness are not according to the FDA.
A LASIK patient told CBS News that the operation "destroyed his life."
"It's a devastation I can't even explain," said Abraham Rutner, an electrician from Brooklyn, NY "Things seem double. Around the lights were like having starbursts."
Waxler, who in 2011 made the FDA issue a voluntary recall of LASIK but was denied, told CBS News that the procedure should "absolutely" be banned.
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"There is nothing wrong with a person's eyes coming to get Lasik, "he said." They have healthy eyes. They could go and get a pair of glasses. "
The FDA told CBS News in a statement that the agency" has not found any new security issues related to LASIK units. "
Fox Business & # 39; Ann Schmidt contributed to this report.