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Man Who Led FDA Team to Approve LASIK Now Says It Was a Mistake

Morris Waxler, PhD, who led the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) team that approved LASIK in 1999, has since said that decision was a mistake and is pushing for more transparent warnings on the risks of the procedures and the number of adverse events.

He's been fighting this fight for more than 12 years with little to no response from the FDA, he told Medscape Medical News. In 2007, 7 years after he left the FDA, he said he began to meet people who had been hurt personally or had family members who had suffered after LASIK surgeries, and set out to convince the FDA to add warnings.

In his latest correspondence to the FDA on January 30, Waxler references Jessica Starr, a Fox 2 meteorologist in Detroit who died by suicide last December 12 at age 35. As the Detroit Free Press reports, a month before the suicide, she publicly shared in a video her struggle with her recovery during the 4 weeks she took off work after a LASIK-type procedure, SMILE, in October. The procedure's role, if it is connected to the suicide, is unclear but it set off a wave of news reports on the potential risks of the procedure.

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