Friday, April 25, 2008

FDA Lasik Quality of Life Report

Feedbacks are mostly helpful to companies or services to improve more on their craft. In the field of medicine, feedbacks are considered to be essential, either in the forms of surveys and other form of expressions. Take for example the case of Lasik results to patients that have undergone through the said procedure. Lasik is a surgical procedure of the eye wherein a "flap" of the front of the cornea is created, moved aside, then a laser removes the tissue to reshape the cornea, then the flap is repositioned over the treatment area.
USAEyes or Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance, a nonprofit council has recently conducted a CORE survey in which the preliminary results are being presented to the US Food and Drug Administration for hearing today. The CORE (Competence Opinion Relative to Expectation) survey is designed for the purpose of getting feedbacks from patients whether they are getting their expectations from Lasik surgeries. So far, the survey has been mailed to 1,800 vision correction surgery patients throughout the US with a 31% response rate.
Unsurprisingly, majority of Lasik patients are satisfied with the results. According to Glenn Hagele, Executive Director of nonprofit patient advocacy that conducted the study, it was unexpected that many would still have the surgery again despite reporting complications.
Overall, I think this is still showing some positive feedbacks and patients are still highly considering the procedure.