Filatov Eye Institute contests validity of recent study

Top LASIK surgeon alerts consumers: past research irrelevant in todays LASIK world

GREENWICH, Conn. (February 11, 2002) - Contesting the interpretation of a recent study by Ohio University suggesting that a large percentage of people having LASIK procedures develop night vision problems and other side effects, the Filatov Eye Institute says that retrospective surveys do not adequately reflect current LASIK results. Alerting consumers not to make decisions based on outdated data, the Filatov Eye Institute instead stresses the importance of seeking qualified surgeons who use the latest eye-tracking laser technology to perform LASIK surgery.

With the constant evolution that is occurring in the LASIK world today, studies that rely on the experiences of patients who underwent surgery two years ago, or even six months ago, with outdated equipment, are only interesting from the historical perspective, says Vadim Filatov, M.D., founder of Filatov Eye Institute. From the time retrospective research is conducted to the time it is released to the general public, it is irrelevant, and not predictive of the results patients can expect today with newer technology.

Last month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology issued its own assessment based on peer-reviewed scientific literature for the years 1968 through June of 2001. Findings suggest that while serious, adverse complications resulting in permanent visual loss occurred rarely, side effects such as dry eyes, nighttime starbursts, and reduced contrast sensitivity occurred more frequently. The Academy was quick to point out, however, that it is difficult to compare results from the reviewed studies with current practices using the most recent generation of lasers because of the rapid evolution of LASIK technology and techniques.

Dr. Filatov, trained at Yale, Harvard and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and with more than 5,000 LASIK procedures performed, offers a different

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