Refractive Surgery Alliance issued this press release after the FDA recently released the “LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project” results. It originally appeared on PR.com and can be found here.
The Food & Drug Administration “LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project” concludes LASIK as safe & effective with 95% of survey respondents achieving results of 20/20 or better.
Chicago, IL, October 24, 2014 –(PR.com)– Results reported by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on a long-awaited comprehensive prospective, multi-center study on the safety and efficacy of LASIK were well-received by refractive surgeons in attendance at the recent American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting held in Chicago, according to eye surgeon Lance Kugler, MD, president of the Refractive Surgery Alliance.
Leading refractive industry expert Dan Durrie, MD, who served as investigator at one of the five centers in the FDA study, was also impressed by the FDA report. “The key positives in the study were that it showed the procedure was extremely safe and that ghosting, glare, halos and starburst went down after surgery. Overall, patients experienced improved symptoms after surgery and an extremely high satisfaction rate.” Dr. Durrie is the founder and medical director of Durrie Vision in Kansas City, Mo.
Approximately 16,000,000 LASIK procedures have been performed in the United States over the past two decades. “The collective experience of the RSA surgeon members suggests that results continue to improve beyond three months,” said Dr. Kugler. “Satisfaction is expected to be even higher over time. By six months, the vast majority of dry eye symptoms, i.e. feeling dryness, foreign body sensation and night-vision difficulty, will abate.”
Kugler cautioned that “Occasional complications can occur after LASIK. Fortunately, most are transient. The RSA and many LASIK surgeons around the world are continually striving to make the results better and to eliminate all complications. This report confirms that those efforts are having an impact.”
About the Refractive Surgery Alliance
The Refractive Surgery Alliance (RSA) is a professional organization formed in early 2014 by leading refractive surgeons from the US and Europe. It is member supported and does not accept industry or corporate funds. The mission of the RSA is to increase access to refractive surgery through education, research and industry leadership. Membership is open to all qualified refractive surgeons. For more information, please visit www.RefractiveAlliance.com.