Spain highlights refractive surgery flaws:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Problems associated with refractive surgery are thought to behind a 25% annual rise in the number of corneal transplants in Spain in 2000. According to the Spanish transplants organisation, ONT, 2,539 transplants were carried out that year, with a further 2,000 patients waiting for the procedure. Experts meeting at the International Cornea Congress, held recently in Barcelona, were told that an estimated 150,000 refractive surgery interventions would be performed in 2002 in the region of Catalonia alone, El Pais reports. Last week, Clinica reported on the new refractive therapy lenses that promise to provide a safer and more effective alternative to surgery by temporarily correcting the shape of the cornea (see Clinica No 993, p 19).