Schachar v. American Academy of Ophthalmology Inc.
C07.40935; 870 F.2d 397 (1989)
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
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EASTERBROOK, Circuit Judge There can be no restraint of trade without a restraint. That truism decides this case, in which eight ophthalmologists contend that the American Academy of Ophthalmology violated the antitrust laws by attaching the label ""experimental"" to radial keratotomy, a surgical procedure for correcting nearsightedness. Nearsightedness (myopia) occurs when the cornea of the eye does not focus light on the retina. A thick cornea bends light excessively, so that the focal point falls short of the vision receptors. Glasses and contact lenses correct the problem by introducing an offsetting distortion; the net effect of the series of lenses is a proper focal point. Radial keratotomy corrects the problem surgically. The ophthalmologist makes shallow incisions along radii of the cornea; as the cornea heals it becomes flatter, and vision improves.
- Category: Law
- Published: Mar 03, 1989
- Publisher: LawApp Publishers
- Seller: Innodata Book Distribution Services Inc
- Print Length: 8 Pages
- Language: English