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Ask your doctor about the laser

June 13, 1997

U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises people considering laser surgery for nearsightedness or astigmatism to ask their doctor if the laser being used is one of the two approved for the procedure.

Last week, FDA requested that U.S. marshals seize unapproved excimer lasers made by Photon Data Inc., a Florida company. The lasers were not reviewed by FDA for safety and effectiveness.

Lasers manufactured by Summit Technology of Waltham, Mass., and Visx Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., have been approved for refractive eye surgery.

The lasers used by Gladsden Refractive Center, which has an office in Hagerstown, are the approved Summit and Visx lasers, according to Gladsden's Philip Berry, O.D.

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