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LASIK Linked to High Patient Satisfaction Rates

More than 95 percent in review of studies reported they were satisfied with surgery outcomes

MONDAY, April 6 (HealthDay News) -- Most patients report that they are satisfied with the results of LASIK surgery, which is the most commonly performed elective procedure, according to research published in the April issue of Ophthalmology.

Kerry D. Solomon, M.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and colleagues conducted a systematic review of 19 randomized clinical trials, and cohort and case-control studies including nearly 2,200 subjects that reported on patient quality of life and satisfaction following primary LASIK surgery.

The investigators found that 95.4 percent of patients were satisfied with their outcomes following the procedure. Satisfaction rates were similar whether patients were treated in the United States or outside the United States. Rates were consistent whether the questionnaire was anonymous or not, and whether it was given within six months after the surgery or after a longer period, the authors note.

"Despite a successful vision correction, there will always be patients who are dissatisfied. In our literature review, approximately 4.6 percent of patients after LASIK surgery were dissatisfied. The most common reasons and associations reported for dissatisfaction included residual refractive error, dry eyes, older age, or night vision symptoms," Solomon and colleagues write.

The study was supported in part by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation. Several co-authors disclosed financial relationships with a variety of eye-related companies.

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