Activists protest at the Annual Meeting of Ophthalmologists this Mother's Day in New Orleans. Dr. Nancy Burleson spent Mother's Day without her son, Max Cronin, who committed suicide due to "side-effects" from refractive surgery. The FDA's former Chief Research scientist on Lasik, Dr. Morris Waxler, alleges that industry lied to the FDA about its adverse event rate in order to obtain FDA approval. See Dr. Waxler's site at

Visual Snow

Visual Snow Simulator: Patients who complain of Visual Snow literally see what resembles "television snow," that is, specs or particles that blink on and off in their vision. Unfortunately, no one knows what causes visual snow, but given its strong resemblance to "noise in the system," it could be that neural activity in the visual cortex is simply operating at too high a baseline, with many neurons firing more often than they should. At the level of perception, this would be seen as white specks in the visual field.