FDA eyeballs Lasik complaints

FDA eyeballs Lasik complaints

There are 21 comments on the The Morning Call story from Apr 25, 2008, titled FDA eyeballs Lasik complaints. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A decade after Lasik eye surgery hit the market, the FDA begins hearings today to investigate cases where patients ended up with more eye problems instead of ditching their glasses as expected.

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10 years later

Allentown, PA

#1 Apr 25, 2008
What I can say about LASIK is that I had mine done 10 years ago this December. I paid $2500 per eye. You need to research and ask your doctor questions when you meet. I had worn glasses/contacts for 15 years prior to surgery and my vision was very poor. I haven't had any problems with my eyes since the surgery and don't need any corrective wear. Nothing beats the feeling of sitting up from the chair after the procedure and being able to read the time on a clock from across the room. I have recommended the procedure and my surgeon to several people who also had great success.

For those in the valley that might be thinking about this, my surgeon was Dr Alan Leahey in Allentown.
John

United States

#2 Apr 25, 2008
10 years later wrote:
What I can say about LASIK is that I had mine done 10 years ago this December. I paid $2500 per eye. You need to research and ask your doctor questions when you meet. I had worn glasses/contacts for 15 years prior to surgery and my vision was very poor. I haven't had any problems with my eyes since the surgery and don't need any corrective wear. Nothing beats the feeling of sitting up from the chair after the procedure and being able to read the time on a clock from across the room. I have recommended the procedure and my surgeon to several people who also had great success.
For those in the valley that might be thinking about this, my surgeon was Dr Alan Leahey in Allentown.
I aggree 100% I had mine done over 4 years ago with no problems at all just went to the doctor and still have 20/15 vision.
former Bethlohemian

Virginia Beach, VA

#3 Apr 25, 2008
After hearing about all the possible problems from Lasik I'm SO glad I got PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) instead of Lasik back in Sept 2004. Instead of cutting a flap in the cornea they actually debride it away & it grows back after surgery. The recovery time is longer but with less side-effects.
At the time I had my surgery (by Navy medical) they would only do PRK. They saw too many possible complications from Lasik.
You don't even hear about PRK anymore - does anyone still perform it?
PerfectVision

Morrisville, PA

#4 Apr 25, 2008
I had LASIK in 2003 was 20/15 the following day and over 5 years later still 20/15. I experienced absolutely no side effects. My surgeon was Dr. Mark Moran at the Lehigh Valley Center for Sight. I had an eye condition from wearing contact lenses and Dr. Moran absolutely would not perform LASIK until my eyes were healthy enough to do so. If you pay $299 per eye you are getting what you pay for. Would you look for a discount heart surgeon or a 1/2 sale at a neurologist? Visit Dr. Moran if you want an honest and qualified doctor, I am so glad I did!
Buying American

Raleigh, NC

#5 Apr 25, 2008
Although I don't plan on getting done anytime soon, have the prices come down over time (I'm not talking about the cheapie procedures) now that more people are doing it?
Rosanne Kocher

San Jose, CA

#6 Apr 25, 2008
I had worn glasses and/or contact lenses for 42 years prior to my LASIK surgery. I detested wearing glasses, and had grown weary of the daily routines of wearing contacts, and associated dry eyes. I am extremely happy since my LASIK procedure, and am 100% compliant with Dr. Mark Moran's post operative artificial tears regimen. I would have LASIK surgery again in a heartbeat. I am 53 yrs old, and do not wear reading glasses.
Tammie

Bragg City, MO

#7 Jul 10, 2008
I had Lasik done two week today. I am so far very happy with my surgery. I had worn glasses all my life and I will be 43 years old this month. I also got tired of wearing contact lenses. I still have 6 pair from three years ago. They still offer PRK where I had my Lasik done. They thought they might have to do the PRK on me because I have small eyes. Research your doctor before doing the Lasik. Mine was highly recommended. Dr. Margolis. I am having the restriction taking off of my drivers licences.
Malia

Tustin, CA

#8 Jul 17, 2008
Has anyone done PRK lately? I was told I have thin cornea so LASIK is not for me.

Can anyone recommend a good doctor or clinic in the Orange County, CA area?
bry

United States

#9 Jul 18, 2008
Malia wrote:
Has anyone done PRK lately? I was told I have thin cornea so LASIK is not for me.
Can anyone recommend a good doctor or clinic in the Orange County, CA area?
look up L.A.S.E.K its for people with thin corneas and other disqualifying conditions for the L.A.S.I.K. procedure.Im surprised your doctor did not inform you of the other options available to you
Joe

Lorton, VA

#11 Jan 3, 2010
Well I got prk in November of 2009. IT was the worst mistake of my life. TLC center in Tysons Corner Virginia by Dr. Anthony Roberts. I was not screen properly of warned about my large pupils. I have severe dry eyes and have lost my career as a result. I can no longer drive at night due to halos.ghosting and starbursts. MY eyes hurt 24/7. The pain has made me suicidal and I am only 32 years old. MY vision is good in one eye during the day and the other regressed and is poor. This has ruined my life. Please think very hard about getting laser vision surgery. If it goes wrong there is no going back . Dr. Anthony Roberts was a very cold hearted person when I was scared and in pain. I hope he looses his business and career because of the way he treated me.

Since: Dec 09

Eden, NC

#12 Jan 3, 2010
If your doctor is good, he/she will be very detailed about the properties of your eye (pupil size, cornea thickness) and go over the risks of surgery. The first thing my doctor told me when I came into see him was that this is *elective* surgery, and if I'm not willing to deal with the risks, as small as they are, I should not go through with it.

I had my Custom Lasik 3 years ago (University of Illinois at Chicago Eye Center) and am very happy.

My only symptoms were dry eye which lasted a couple weeks and halos around lights at night which lasted a few months.
April Gibson

Orlando, FL

#13 Jan 15, 2010
"Has anyone done PRK lately? I was told I have thin cornea so LASIK is not for me."
Its the much older Surgery but Doctors still do them.
www.prksurgery.net
Betty

Charlotte, NC

#17 May 8, 2010
Joe wrote:
Well I got prk in November of 2009. IT was the worst mistake of my life. TLC center in Tysons Corner Virginia by Dr. Anthony Roberts. I was not screen properly of warned about my large pupils. I have severe dry eyes and have lost my career as a result. I can no longer drive at night due to halos.ghosting and starbursts. MY eyes hurt 24/7. The pain has made me suicidal and I am only 32 years old. MY vision is good in one eye during the day and the other regressed and is poor. This has ruined my life. Please think very hard about getting laser vision surgery. If it goes wrong there is no going back . Dr. Anthony Roberts was a very cold hearted person when I was scared and in pain. I hope he looses his business and career because of the way he treated me.
It has been 2 months since I had PRK also at a TLC center in Charlotte NC. My vision is still much worse than it was before surgery. I can not read, work, or drive a car. My doctor says "be patient" and it will improve. Joe, has your vision improved since January?
Thomas G

Lewes, DE

#18 Jun 10, 2010
Many people misinterpreted the work of FDA.
FDA does not regulate the LASIK Medical practice. FDA approves the safety and effectiveness of Excimer Laser and other devices independent of any other product.
Additional information at http://lasik-secrets.com
marianne

United States

#19 Aug 2, 2010
I had LASIK 3 years ago and have been MISERABLE since. Every day of my life is painful because of it. I am a small percentage that had this bad outcome, just my luck.
I do feel like they should have explained that dry eye syndrome was a possibility and then explained exactly what dry eyes is and how it effects people. I just thought it was something that you had to use drops in your eyes. No one told me how badly it hurts and will never go away.
Joe

Fairfax Station, VA

#20 Aug 8, 2010
Betty wrote:
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It has been 2 months since I had PRK also at a TLC center in Charlotte NC. My vision is still much worse than it was before surgery. I can not read, work, or drive a car. My doctor says "be patient" and it will improve. Joe, has your vision improved since January?
Hello. sorry for the very long delay. It has now been over 2 years since Dr Anthony Roberts ruined my eyes. They are still hurtin gevery single day. They are very dry and my vision is poor in the right eye. The left eye is about 20/20 but I had a vitreous detachemnt and now I see a huge black blob floating all the time. I have to use special glasses to drive at night. This has been the worst thing to happen in my life. My military carrer was ruined for money. I will never forgive nor forget the cold nature of Dr. Anthony Roberts. He now works in Maryland and continues to perfom lasik and prk. I'm sure he still does not properly inform patinets of real riss. Why should he? there is no punishemtn for thess unethical butchers. I really hope your eyes heal and you can move on.My eyes and life have been destroyed.
Tim

Catonsville, MD

#21 Feb 20, 2012
Thank you for that Joe, and I'm sorry that happened to you. I just got off the phone with the office he now works at. Setup an appointment that I won't be going to now.
ronnie

Austin, TX

#23 May 21, 2012
go to lasik sucicide on youtube.my vision was ruined by ernest howerton in austin texas.
Bob

Mountain View, CA

#25 Oct 15, 2014
Joe wrote:
Well I got prk in November of 2009. IT was the worst mistake of my life. TLC center in Tysons Corner Virginia by Dr. Anthony Roberts. I was not screen properly of warned about my large pupils. I have severe dry eyes and have lost my career as a result. I can no longer drive at night due to halos.ghosting and starbursts. MY eyes hurt 24/7. The pain has made me suicidal and I am only 32 years old. MY vision is good in one eye during the day and the other regressed and is poor. This has ruined my life. Please think very hard about getting laser vision surgery. If it goes wrong there is no going back . Dr. Anthony Roberts was a very cold hearted person when I was scared and in pain. I hope he looses his business and career because of the way he treated me.
So sorry to hear. I'm not going to do prk now!
Deedeev

Hazleton, PA

#26 Oct 28, 2016
I got dry eye,I have trouble with opening my eye lid in the morning, and I can see great but blurry ,meaning I don't see clearly. I also still see halos around lights.

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