Wednesday, April 30, 2008

FDA to Review Lasik Eye Surgery

A decade after approving the Lasik laser eye procedure for vision correction, federal health officials moved Friday to explore potential risks in what's become one of the country's most popular surgeries. Almost 8 million Americans have had the procedure, and most ended up discarding their eyeglasses or contact lenses without long-term complications, according to doctors and health officials. But a small fraction complain of serious side effects that have left their eyes painfully dry and their vision marred by ghostly shadows or starbursts of color. Some say their sight is so poor they can't watch a movie or drive at night.

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