Paula Cofer, Patient Rep, presents concerns about LASIK to the FDA

Posted on 12/17/2009 Paula Cofer, FDA Patient Representative, served on the April 25, 2008 FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel in Gaithersburg, MD. The meeting was called to discuss issues concerning post-market experiences with LASIK. Ms. Cofer expressed several concerns about the safety and long-term consequences of LASIK, and asked for changes to the labeling of excimer […]

The Truth Behind LASIK Satisfaction

12/13/2009 Patient satisfaction after LASIK, as measured by unvalidated surveys or questionnaires, is neither scientific nor a reliable indicator of LASIK safety or efficacy.  LASIK surgeons report high patient satisfaction even in cases with poor night vision and sight-threatening complications. The “Hawthorne effect” 1 proposes that patients may rate their level of satisfaction with the […]