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O! The Oprah Magazine Features Lasik Patient Advocacy Organization

Insights on Current Lasik Laser Eye Surgery Strengths and Concerns Are Contributed to the Popular Women's Publication by Founder

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 6 / -- "We have been in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, even Fox News, but Oprah ... now that is something," muses Glenn Hagele, Executive Director and founder of, a nonprofit patient advocacy that evaluates and certifies Lasik doctors. "The power of any affiliation with Oprah cannot be underestimated, and it is delightful to be included."

The June issue if O, The Oprah Magazine features a comprehensive article about Lasik laser eye surgery that includes contributions from Hagele, Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, director of the Joint Clinical Research Center at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, chief of cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lasik laser eye surgery was developed ten years ago to reshape the cornea (clear front of the eye) and reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within hours or days. Although over 5 million surgeries have been performed worldwide, Lasik is not for everyone, according to Hagele.

"Lasik may be appropriate for the vast majority of people, but sometimes something else is better," says Hagele. "The very well presented article in Oprah's magazine includes information about new 'helper lenses' that can be placed inside the eye for people who have very bad vision and new laser and non-laser technology to reduce the need for glasses. I was delighted to see Oprah's article's emphasis on surgeon selection."

"The single most important decision for someone considering Lasik is the choice of doctor. There are so many options and evaluations that the advice and abilities of a highly skilled surgeon are required," adds Hagele.

Hagele's organization certifies Lasik doctors who meet patient outcomes requirements and publishes at the helpful 50 Tough Questions For Your Lasik Doctor to assist a patient screen a potential surgeon.

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  Glenn Hagele presents testimony to the FDA  
  On April 25, 2008 the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Ophthalmic Devices Panel (OPD) held hearings about quality of life after Lasik. Glenn Hagele made four presentations to the FDA, one on behalf of the Vision Surgery Rehab Network, one on behalf of Barry Elbasani of the nonprofit Focus on Independence, one about the USAEyes CORE Lasik Patient Survey, and one on behalf of Sandy Keller, who had a bad Lasik outcome.

Immediately before Glenn's presentation of Sandy Keller's testimony Gerald Dorrian testified how his 28 year old son who had been a law student took his own life, in part, because of a bad Lasik outcome. Mr. Dorrian was strong and eloquent as he talked of the loss of his son, and the emotion and loss was felt by those in attendance. When I reached the point in Sandy Keller's presentation where she spoke of her own suicidal thoughts, I became obviously choked with emotion and at the ODP chairperson's suggestion, I returned to my seat to make my additional presentations later.

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