To learn more about eye health and vision correcting surgeries, visit the eye surgery education and vision resources listed below.
General vision resources:
About LASIK surgery:
About cataract surgery:
For more information about some specific diseases and procedures:
For information about financing eye surgery:
For eye surgery education and professional credentials of doctors and professionals:
About “off-label” use:
In the United States, drugs and medical devices must be approved for safety and effectiveness by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they can be marketed.
“Off-label” use is the practice of doctors using medical devices or prescribing pharmaceuticals for a use other than what was approved by the FDA.
The FDA reviews a company’s new drug or device application for data from clinical trials to see if the results support the use of the product for a specific condition or indication. If satisfied that the drug is safe and effective, the manufacturer and the FDA agree on specific language describing the conditions for which the product was approved and other information to be included on the product’s label.
In the U.S., the practice of medicine is not controlled by the FDA. Doctors frequently use drugs and devices in off-label applications based on their professional training, information provided in scientific medical journals, etc. Indeed, off-label use of drugs and devices is often required to meet the standard of care that doctors are expected to provide.
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