Friday, July 25, 2008 

LASIK Update

2008 has been a rough year for LASIK surgeons. The weak economy, high gasoline prices, and the ailing stock market have combined to strain peoples' budgets. When this happens, elective surgical procedures, such as LASIK, become a low priority. As with most markets, the strong survive better than the weak, and in the world of LASIK, doctors need to perform procedures every week, or nearly every week, in order to maintain their skills, and deliver a consistent, high quality product. In addition, the April 25 FDA Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel hearings on LASIK made consumers wary about the safety of the procedure. Despite some anecdotes about unfavorable experiences, most testimony at the FDA was highly supportive of the safety, and effectiveness, of LASIK. In fact, 95% of patients worldwide are satisfied with the outcome of their LASIK. On the positive side, LASIK is safer, and more accurate, than ever before. This is partly due to the technology allowing the LASIK flap to be created with the femtosecond laser, or IntraLase. The IntraLase creates a perfect corneal flap every time, much better than the microkeratome. Presently, 28% of LASIK practices use the IntraLase. Eventually, every LASIK surgeon will need to adopt this technology. LASIK has been performed since 1989, nearly 20 years. It appears that it is a safe, effective, and permanent procedure when it is properly performed. At Scripps Clinic Laser Vision Center, we continue to be impressed with LASIK, and the high level of satisfaction among our patients. For more information about LASIK, please see our website,, or contact

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  • Mitchell Friedlaender, M.D., is Head of the Division of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Laser Vision Center at Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, CA, and Adjunct Professor at The Scripps Research Institute. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and received his ophthalmology training at Harvard University, and the University of California, San Francisco. He was a full time faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco before joining Scripps Clinic in 1986. He is the author of 6 books and over 250 scientific articles. He has lectured at universities throughout the world on conditions such as blepharitis, allergy, dry eye, and infection. He is the recipient of the Senior Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, an honor society composed of 300 leaders in ophthalmology. He has been listed every year, since 1986, in The Best Doctors in America.
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