Since I started speaking out about the dangers of Lasik eye surgery, and unethical practices within the Lasik industry, hardly a week goes by that I don't hear from another Lasik casualty. Last week it was four of them. The most heartbreaking was from a young woman who, because of Lasik, can no longer read or work at a computer without severe pain, and is confined to the indoors because her eyes cannot tolerate sun and wind. She said that though she will still live for many more years, her life is over. And all for a medically unnecessary cosmetic procedure.
Dr. Morris Waxler, the FDA official who approved Lasik in 1996, is now leading a campaign to ban the procedure because the industry submitted false and misleading data back then and continues to cover up bad outcomes today. Hundreds of Lasik casualties have signed his online petition, and the most frequent comment is some variation of "Lasik ruined my life." In at least three cases that was literally true because the petition was signed by a friend or relative of someone who committed suicide after having had their eyes mangled by a Lasik surgeon.
The leading Lasik surgeon in Taiwan recently stopped doing the procedure because he was seeing too many people who initially had a good outcome return 8-10 years later with serious complications. He said it was a matter of medical ethics that he no longer perform Lasik.
For the young person who's had Lasik, the implications of this are horrifying. If people who initially had a good outcome are suffering serious complications a decade later, what will happen to the 22-year-old when he or she is 75? No one knows.
They've been doing the procedure for less than twenty years. In fact, because they do virtually no long-term follow up on people who have had the procedure, and in most cases fail to report bad outcomes to the FDA so they can be tracked, there will be no way of knowing until problems become so widespread that they hit the mainstream media.
If you or someone you love is considering Lasik, please do your own homework. Do not trust a Lasik surgeon to be honest with you (for more on that, see the next article). I have posted my special report on 12 Things You Should Know if You Are Considering Lasik Eye Surgery plus all of the videos I've done at this website:
I would be happy to correspond with anyone who is considering this procedure, and/or refer you to one of the very few clinicians in the country who specialize in treating Lasik injuries (sadly, there is very little than can be done once the damage has been done).