Effects of the LASIK Procedure on St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardiac Rhythm Devices

Background

The LASIK procedure is used to modify the lens of the eye to improve vision. The excimer laser used for the LASIK procedure is an ultraviolet laser, which utilizes argon and fluorine gas to create a non-thermal, or cool beam.

We do not anticipate any damage to the pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) due to this procedure since it utilizes light energy. In addition, we have received verbal reports that the LASIK procedure has been performed on pacemaker and ICD patients uneventfully.

ICD patients undergoing the LASIK procedure should have a magnet placed over the ICD and their heart rates monitored during the procedure to ensure that any device therapy does not interrupt the delicate eye surgery.

If you have any questions on this topic, please contact St. Jude Medical CRM Technical Services.

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