FDA Probes Lasik Patients' Woes

Thousands have nightmare results
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2008 3:00 AM CDT
MTV star Kristin Cavallari undergoes Lasik surgery. The FDA is hearing from patients who say their surgeries went wrong.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Patients who have experienced complications following popular Lasik eye surgery will tell their nightmare stories to a panel of the Food and Drug Administration today. The procedure to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism is coming under increasing scrutiny following reports of excessively dry eyes, and of "starbursts" and "halos" that appear in the line of vision, making it difficult to see.

"Most patients are reasonably satisfied," said an FDA spokesman. "Clearly, there is a group that is not satisfied and do not get the results they expected. What we're trying to do is figure out what that number is."