Scientific literature on Lasik satisfaction and side effects?
April 29, 2012 4:32 AM   Subscribe

I would like links to peer-reviewed literature regarding laser vision correction.

I'm considering laser vision correction, and I'm looking for information. However, I have noticed that a lot of the information online is either industry content, or anecdotes. I'm a researcher, but not a vision researcher, so I don't really know the relevant literature, or even a good entry point into the literature. When I do a citation database search, I get lots of very specialized articles. Here's what I'd like: links to general research on satisfaction with and side effects of laser vision correction, preferably meta-analyses or literature reviews (that is, not dealing with a very specific technique, or a small modification of a technique). Or, if that's not possible, perhaps literature on a very common, currently used technique.

Also, due to the traveling I do, I could theoretically have the surgery done in the US, Canada, anywhere in Europe, Singapore, or Australia. I'd also like information regarding which of these countries it might be preferable to get the surgery done in.

Please, no anecdotal information regarding your experience, or a friend's experience. There's plenty of that already on the green. Thanks!
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike to Science & Nature (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
If you want "peer-reviewed articles", you will by necessity get "very specialized articles".

If you have access to a medical library, a recent textbook on ophthalmology may give you the technical but broad background you are apparently seeking.
posted by yclipse at 5:40 AM on April 29, 2012

Are you looking for something like this? LASIK world literature review: Quality of life and patient satisfaction.

If you can wait until the end of this year, the FDA's LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project will be complete.
posted by Houstonian at 6:02 AM on April 29, 2012 [2 favorites]

You could limit to systematic reviews in PubMed, or you could try MedlinePlus (the nonstupid consumer health site sponsored by the same organizations that make PubMed). Scroll down on that page to get to more details.
posted by unknowncommand at 7:27 AM on April 29, 2012

Not that you wouldn't know to scroll down for more details, it's that I think the MedlinePlus sites can look like typical consumer health sites until you realize how much more information is towards the bottom of the page.
posted by unknowncommand at 7:31 AM on April 29, 2012

I always like Cochrane reviews -- here is one for nearsightedness and here is one for farsightedness (I think, I always get the two mixed up!) Most medical libraries or research institutions should have access to the full reviews.
posted by k96sc01 at 9:03 AM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: If you want "peer-reviewed articles", you will by necessity get "very specialized articles".

By "specialized" I didn't mean "for specialists," I meant "pertaining only to a narrow range of techniques." This is by no means true of all peer-reviewed literature. That's why literature reviews and meta-analyses are interesting.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 3:47 PM on April 29, 2012

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