Science: Concern over eye surgery benefits
Jeremy Laurance is a writer on health issues. He is former health editor of The Independent and the i and has covered the specialism for more than 20 years. He thinks the harm medicine does is under-appreciated, the harm it prevents over-rated, and that cycling works better than most drugs. He was named Specialist Journalist of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards.
Thursday 08 May 1997
Demand for laser eye surgery has grown as the price has fallen from around pounds 1,500 per eye two years ago to under pounds 400 today. About 10,000 people in Britain are expected to undergo the treatment this year. An investigation for the Channel 4 series, Health Alert, to be shown tonight, found no eye surgeon in Britain who had undergone the procedure. Jeremy Laurance
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