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    Looking back—and ahead—at LASIK’s potential

    Numbers may be on the decline, but the procedure continues to strengthen


    Looking forward

    Recent technological improvements have strengthened LASIK’s potential, including pupil tracking, haze management, customized and optimized ablations, and better diagnostic equipment, Dr. Donnenfeld said.

    However, there are further refinements that will take place.

    “We have an unmet need with dry eye, but we now know that preoperative testing to elucidate dry eye before surgery can make a difference,” he said. “We have thinner and smaller flaps, topical cyclosporine, and a slew of new medications for dry eye that will be coming soon.”

    Additionally, new advanced wavefront technology and topographic lasers will expand the potential to treat irregular corneas via LASIK, he said.




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    2. Pasquali TA, Smajda D, Savetsky MJ, et al. Long-term follow-up after laser vision correction in physicians: Quality of life and patient satisfaction. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2014;40:395-402.


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    • Dr. Nancy Burleson
      Dr.Donnenfeld, Complications are not uncommon. My son, Max Cronin, age 27 years old, an Iraqi War Veteran and college student, committed suicide 1-14-16, as a direct result of complications he experienced from Lasik. He left suicide letters stating this and kept details of his complications. He experienced vision loss, constant eye pain, dry eyes, haze, and loss of quality of life resulting in depression and his suicide. He was unable to work or continue his life goals due to his eye complications. As a medical physician, I can definitely state that Lasik/PRK complications can lead to depression and suicide. For an elective procedure, the risks and long term complications are understated. The industry ignores the catastrophic complications from this elective procedure. The resultant complications and negative quality of life issues increase the risks of depression, attempted suicide, and suicide. Nancy L. Burleson MD FACOG Texas


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