Please contact your local and Federal Representatives to ask them to investigate and pass new laws to regulate the obviously unsafe use of all FDA approved medical devices.  The House has investigated and there have been discussions of new legislation.

In general, the reuse or reprocessing of single use devices on multiple patients is a serious concern (see http://reform.house.gov/UploadedFiles/121605\%20FDA\%20Medical\%20Device\%20Letters.pdf )."

The House of representatives has investigated the FDA regarding allowing these harmful practices (as reported in the Washington Post).

"If there is the remotest possibility that a catheter might be used twice, that you could potentially harm a patient, you should not use it," he said. "It's common sense."
"The Washington Post examined thousands of pages of documents, including FDA records, court filings and internal company reports, and was able to document dozens of cases of patient injuries and device malfunctions after single-use devices were reused over the past decade"

Microkeratome blades get duller every time they are reused which causes irregular flaps made in the cornea, less smooth flaps, epithelial ingrowth, keratitis, and other serious problems.

For every LASIK surgery, every patient MUST have new microkeratome components (e.g., blades and cannulas).  Reusing microkeratome components that come into contact with blood or the cornea on multiple patients is not within the practice of medicine for patients in the United States let alone within the standard of care for any Medical Doctor (for any medical procedure including LASIK).  There is NO patient benefit for reuse and there is a very high risk of harm to the patient. 

Based on my review of the risks associated with reusing microkeratome blades or cannulas on multiple patients (especially without proper sterilization), this practice can spread infectious diseases (e.g., DLK, HIV, hepatitis, CJD, etc.) as well as corneal infections (a complication that does lead to loss of eye and blindness).  Proper sterilization of the microkeratome blades with regard to CJD prions is not practical and the blades do come into contact with the eye and blood (which are considered highly infectious tissue).  The microkeratome then inserts the tissue into the eye of any other patients it comes into contact with.