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FDA Focuses on Quality-of-Life Issues for Patients Following LASIK Surgery

Mike Mitka
JAMA. 2009;302(22):2420-2422. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1763.
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In response to persistent complaints by a small number of patients about outcome and quality of life following laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether the procedure requires more rigorous oversight.

The FDA announced on October 15 that it was launching the LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project. Completion of the 3-phase project, which also involves the Department of Defense and the National Eye Institute, is expected by the end of 2012.

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A small, but persistent, flow of complaints surrounding LASIK surgery has the US Food and Drug Administration considering more rigorous oversight of the procedure.

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