Alternatively, you may call FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report by telephone, download the paper form and either fax it to 1-800-FDA-0178 or mail it to the address shown at the bottom of page 3, or download the Med Watcher Mobile App for reporting LASIK problems to the FDA using a smart phone or tablet.
Retention of medical records by healthcare providers is required by state laws; however, in many states medical records may be destroyed after five years.The table below shows the age of patients having cataract surgery after LASIK in this study and five previous studies, with a weighted average age of 55.8 years.This is 15.3 years younger than the average age in Group 3 of the entire study population of cataract patients.Ironically, after LASIK the altered corneal surface causes inaccurate measurement of the intraocular lens power for cataract surgery.This means that patients who have LASIK surgery and later develop cataracts may be right back in glasses after cataract surgery -- or worse, subjected to the inherent risks of multiple surgeries. Print this form (K-card) and have it completed by your LASIK surgeon, and then place it with your important records for safekeeping.Moreover, steriod drops routinely prescribed after LASIK may hasten the onset of cataracts.
Patients with signs of cataracts before LASIK should not have LASIK because vision may be corrected with the intraocular lens used for cataract surgery.Mean age at the time of cataract extraction for patients in the LASIK group and control group were 64 ± 7 and 73 ± 8 years, respectively (P Study finds Lasik patients have cataract surgery eleven years earlier, and have worse outcomes Manning et al. Abstract PURPOSE: To analyze visual outcomes after cataract surgery in patients with previous corneal refractive surgery.Cataract surgery outcomes in corneal refractive surgery eyes: Study from the European Registry of Quality Outcomes for Cataract and Refractive Surgery. SETTING: Cataract surgery clinics in 18 European countries and Australia. METHODS: Cases of cataract extraction with corneal refractive surgery eyes (corneal refractive cases) were identified from all cataract extractions reported to the European Registry of Quality Outcomes for Cataract and Refractive Surgery database over a 5-year period.WARNING: Do not fall for the marketing hype surrounding "multi-focal", "accomodating", or "premium" intraocular lenses.Patients who have previously undergone RK or laser eye surgery may not be happy with their vision with these so-called "premium lenses".Although LASIK surgeons routinely fail to provide patients with a K-card, LASIK surgeon professional organizations stress its importance.