After the Food and Drug Administration approved laser eye surgery as an acceptable method of treating eye problems in the 1990s, the procedure has treated millions of individuals with visual concerns. However, a former member of FDA openly commented that the risk and complications associated with the eye surgical procedure have not been given proper attention.
Morris Waxler, one of the team who approved and certified LASIK procedure said that during the deliberation, the side effects were already laid out yet no one in the team paid much attention on the data given to them. According to him, it was his conscience talking when he aired his controversial statements during a public interview. He also said that the reported side effects of people who went through LASIK surgery inspired him to come out and share his comments after he retired from office.
LASIK is conducted by making a small incision on the cornea. A laser would be inserted onto the cornea to have its tissues reshaped. Some of the reported side effects include starbursts, halo and double vision, to name a few. There are also those who complain about night blindness or experiencing dryness of the eyes. These side effects lead to visual impairment and incapacity of the patients to do their daily routines such as driving. According to Waxler, laser eye surgery takes away the freedom of the individual to do the tasks he usually do to live a normal life.
Although the controversial statements of Morris Waxler caused anxiety to those who are considering LASIK for eye treatment, it cannot be discounted that the benefits of the procedure outweighs the benefits one can get out of the medical procedure.
FDA dismissed the comments including the possible side effects of laser eye surgery. Because of FDAs nonchalance on the matter, Waxler said that the agency is lenient to the manufacturers because they have their interest which is to keep their products in the market. Waxler said that he is not pushing for the abolition of laser eye surgery; he just wants FDA to impose more stringent guidelines to ensure safer surgical procedures to the public.