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Since LASIK refractive surgery was introduced,

LASIK refractive surgery 

Since LASIK refractive surgery was introduced, millions of patients in North America underwent this surgery. Unfortunately, a significant number of this patient population went on to develop post-LASIK complications which have affected their quality of life.

For 25 years I have been taking care of this hurt patient population by treating them with specialty contact and scleral lenses. In 2008, I appeared and testified before the FDA about LASIK induced ocular and vision complications. I stated before the FDA panel that LASIK was a clear and present danger to the welfare of the American public. Many of the LASIK complications that patients may encounter can occur days to years after the LASIK surgery was done.

LASIK Complications

Some of the more common post-LASIK complications that many of these

patients encountered include glare, halos around lights, starbursts, vitreous floaters, blurred and distorted vision, chronic headaches and dry eyes which is probably the most common post-LASIK complications.

The FDA has a website that spells out the risks of LASIK surgery and the LASIK complications that can occur. The following is stated on this FDA website: “some patients lose vision, some patients develop debilitating visual symptoms and some patients develop severe dry eye syndrome. In addition, stated on this website: “the long term safety and effectiveness of LASIK is not known.”

LASIK complications

Scleral lenses

Thankfully there are new technologies to help patients who have suffered loss of vision and ocular comfort due to LASIK complications. Properly designed and fit scleral lenses have the ability to restore quality vision while at the same time treating a patient’s dry eye. This is because the scleral lens does not touch the front surface of the eye. Instead, the scleral lens vaults over the cornea and rests on the white portion of the eye (the sclera). A liquid reservoir exists between the back surface of the scleral lens and the front surface of the eye. In other words, the front surface of the eye is always in a liquid environment. Vision and comfort is almost always excellent.

Post LASIK corneal ectasia

One of the many LASIK complications that we have seen at our practice is a condition known as “post LASIK corneal ectasia”. The images below show an example of this condition. In this particular case, the corneal ectasia developed many years after the LASIK surgery was done. Look carefully and note that the lower half of the cornea is protruded outward. This patient’s vision with this eye is very blurred and distorted. The 2nd image was taken with a technology known as “optical coherence tomography.” In this image you can see a scleral lens over the the front surface of the eye which is allowing this patient to see clearly and comfortably once again. Treating patients who have suffered loss of vision due to LASIK complications with the newest custom designed lenses is where art and science come together.

This is precisely why Dr. Boshnick should be your go-to ophthalmologist if you are looking to treat this ocular condition effectively and painlessly.  Contact Dr. Edward Boshnick today for a consultation at www.eyefreedom.com and for details to know more about the LASIK refractive surgery and how he strives to treat it!

 

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