President Trump is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at The National Constitution Center (NCC) in the Independence Mall area. Increased police presence is anticipated in Center City throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Please allow extra time if you are going to Wills Eye. Please be advised of area street closures to vehicles beginning at 1:00PM on Tuesday 9/15. Pedestrian access will also be limited in the area. This is subject to change and area restrictions, which could widen, will be lifted once the President departs the NCC. There are also demonstrations planned for Tuesday 9/15 around Independence Mall as well as City Avenue.

Position Statement on LASIK Eye Surgery

A recent article in the New York Times suggests there are new issues regarding LASIK’s safety and efficacy (“Blurred Vision, Burning Eyes: This Is a Lasik Success?”, June 11). The story included a few anecdotal examples while essentially ignoring over 2 decades of peer-reviewed literature on outcomes of LASIK. LASIK’s safety and efficacy are well-documented by an enormous amount of scientific research including US Food and Drug Administration clinical trials, as well as recent National Eye Institute sponsored studies on patient reported outcomes on quality of life after LASIK that was performed in military and also at academic centers and private practices in the US.1

At Wills Eye Hospital, we understand that no surgery is without risk. However, LASIK is a procedure with excellent results for those who are good candidates. We do not mean to discount or disregard any untoward symptoms of patients after LASIK, which while uncommon, can be severe. We agree with the article’s conclusion that patients need to understand the risks of all surgery, especially elective surgery such as LASIK. We believe a consultation from a highly-qualified, board-certified surgeon is the best way to achieve that understanding. At Wills Eye, we perform comprehensive evaluations, including extensive diagnostic testing, to determine whether patients are good candidates for refractive surgery such as LASIK. If they are, our surgeons discuss the refractive surgery options, along with their expected benefits and potential risks, prior to proceeding with surgery. We firmly believe that in the right hands, for the right patients, refractive surgery, including LASIK, is a safe and effective procedure for the vast majority of patients.

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Thank you,

John D. Dugan, Jr. MD, Attending Surgeon and Co-Director

Christopher J. Rapuano, MD, Chief, Cornea Service and Co-Director  

Wills Eye Department of Refractive Surgery

The Cornea Service

The Cataract and Primary Eye Care Service

Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA