FDA warns Lasik providers to stop false claims

In this Nov. 1, 2005 file photo, Dr. Colman Kraff docks the femtosecond laser, flattening the cornea, of patient Steve Parker as the initial step in creating the Lasik flap during Parker's eye surgery at Kraff's offices in Chicago. A decade after Lasik eye surgery hit the market, patients left with fuzzy instead of clear vision are airing their grievances before federal health officials. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

September 30, 2011 2:29:02 PM PDT
The FDA is giving Lasik providers 90 days to update advertising or promotional materials that include unproven safety or over-exaggerate effectiveness.

The agency issued a letter to eye care professionals this week that follows an earlier warning from May of 2009. It's now giving eye doctors 90 days to get in line and update any advertising or promotional materials that make false claims.

The FDA has refrained from pointing out examples of misleading advertising but a 2008 guidance to eye care doctors lists a few. They include unproven claims of safety and over exaggerating effectiveness.