June 10, 1997 in Nation/World

Marshals Seize Uncertified Eye Lasers

Compiled From Wire Services

Government agents seized more than $3 million worth of eye lasers from a Florida company Monday, the Food and Drug Administration announced, saying the company was selling unapproved machines to operate on nearsighted Americans.

U.S. marshals seized nine excimer lasers from Photon Data Inc. of Winter Park, Fla., the FDA said.

Photon Data officials did not return a phone call seeking comment.

The FDA said it was beginning a crackdown on doctors and companies that offer the popular surgery for nearsightedness with lasers that the government has not certified are safe.

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