Does LASIK Cause Retinal Detachment?
November 10, 2009
At the recent AAO meeting in San Francisco, J. Fernando Arevalo, M.D., F.A.C.S., reported no apparent causal relationship between LASIK and retinal detachment.
Over 11,500 eyes were examined retrospectively and the incidence of retinal detachment was found to be lower than the general population.
The study included patients that developed a retinal detachment as far out as 13 years after the procedure.
What does this mean? As a retinal specialist, I think their conclusion, that there is no causal relationship between LASIK and retinal detachment is correct. That is my feeling.
Playing “Devil’s Advocate,” however, isn’t it possible that the original retinal exam may be inaccurate? A refractive surgeon isn’t really motivated to look for retinal detachments, are they?
Maybe the incidence of 0.19% was the number retinal problems that were missed?
Just a thought. No harm intended.
Randall V. Wong, M.D.
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