Exposing the LASIK Scam

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 3:59 pm 
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I have taken legal action. I'm not sure if I can post the name of the doctor and place since it's still in the process...but I will once everything is settled. It actually took me about 6 months after my surgery to make this decision. It's like I was making excuses for what they did to me, making it seem like it was less of a big deal, make any sense? But one day something inside me just snapped and I made the decision.


If you settle with your surgeon out of court, you will have a gag order put on you, although you do not have one placed on you at the present. The only way you can come out of the lawsuit WITHOUT having a gag order is if you actually go to court. If you get gagged we will never know who this surgeon is and the incident will be covered up.

Although your lawyer probably cautioned you to not speak about the case in public, legal complaints are public records that can be legally published.

It costs web site operators an arm and a leg to get these complaints retrieved from court houses, copied, and scanned. If you can send a scanned copy of the lawsuit to a web site operator, no one will have to know the source of the information. Since these are public records ANYONE can walk into a courthouse and photocopy them -- but only if a person knows where to go. That's the rub -- we won't know unless you tell someone.

My request is that you scan the copy of the legal complaint, or get a MS Word version of the complaint from your lawyer, and send it to one or all of the following web site operators for publication.
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 Post subject: Patient with retina problems
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:05 pm 
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I have a friend that underwent LASIK in 2000. After that she started having retina problems. Two retina detachments. Imagine how painful and traumatic. The doctos say that it is not related to LASIK but I am wondering because she didn't have a big correction, I think she had -4 in both eyes. Now she has to operate for cataracts and she is only 37 years old!!!!

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I know of another case with this exact same chain of events -- LASIK followed by retinal detachments, followed by several surgeries to correct the retinal detachments, followed by cataracts.

LASIK certainly can cause retinal detachment. The suction ring that is used during the creation of the flap raises the intraocular pressure to extremely high levels. The longer the duration of the suction ring and the higher the pressure is elevated, the more damage it can do to the vitreous and retina.

Retinal detachment surgery and/or prolonged use of steriods can cause cataracts.

I have read stories of many LASIK patients who report an increase in floaters (posterior vitreous detachment) after LASIK, myself included. One patient I knew had floaters so bad after LASIK that he had surgery to remove them, and then developed cataracts. Any time you go inside the eye, you risk both, retinal detachment and cataracts.

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 Post subject: Severe dry eye developing 1 1/2 years after LASIK
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This story was contributed by a patient in Michigan and reposted with permission:

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Before lasik, I didn't wear contacts and since I was only a -2 in both eyes, I only wore my glasses when I needed them. But, glasses caused constant headaches. I didn't want to have lasik, but after years of headaches I decided to have only my left eye done.

My eyes didn't like contacts - they felt rough on the outside and the right one hurt. So, for lasik, I thought it best to do only the left eye. But, the day of the surgery, I decided to have both done (other people do it, why not me?).

I had lasik in May, 2000. I was 20/20 the day after surgery. My eyes were dry, but after 6-8 months they weren't. But my right eye always felt like I had a little something in it, even with a schirmers of 25.

I was quite happy. My headaches were gone and I could see everything. I stayed that way for 1 1/2 years after the surgery. Then, my eyes started hurting and after four months of pain, I finally went to the doctor and found out my eyes went dry. The doctors have never been able to figure it out. I don't have sjorgren's syndrome or any other symptoms.
Before lasik, I was a 30 schirmers, then one year after lasik I was a 25 schirmers, now, who knows, I stopped taking schirmers.

I'm cauterized in my lower left and have two Herrick plugs in my right.

I have many tears in my right eye, but I still have more pain in that eye. I have the challasis in my eyes, especially my right, which I can feel. I've had the amniotic tissue resurfacing (only partially I found out), and will probably need to have the rest of the outer eye resurfaced, next year.

I have two small children and it was extremely difficult to care for them and have the amount of pain, depression and anxiety I had. I cried constantly and had to put my children in daycare. I'm not as social as I used to be and air in stores is a killer.

Because of dry eye, I cannot hold a full-time, professional job like I used to. Now I am a part-time, office worker. I wear glasses that fit close to my face to protect my eyes. I also have to have a 1 hour rest every afternoon to bring down the irritation and start the day again. That has really helped because I have some muscle tightness on the right side of my face. Relaxation really helps me.

I spend a lot more money now and I don't make as much money. I had no idea that this could be the outcome. I should have listened to my gut more. I never had any problems with my eyes, and now, that's all I think about. I was always very independent, outgoing, physically active person. Now I'm not, and that saddens me.

Chris


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 Post subject: Re: Severe dry eye developing 1 1/2 years after LASIK
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 11:23 pm 
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This story was contributed by a patient in Michigan and reposted with permission:

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I should have listened to my gut more.

Chris


Me too. As I sat in the room waiting for surgery, I observed how they were flipping through charts and thinking to myself how could they not mix up the charts. And the thing I was thinking about most happened to me.


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 Post subject: Gut feelings
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One patient (who ended up needing a corneal transplant from a botched refractive surgery) told me that people have a natural aversion to having their eyes cut and burned and that we should listen to it.


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 Post subject: all those stories are sad. I know lots more stories
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 5:51 am 
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I know the sad stories of over 100 people who got lasik. Too many to tell but let me sumarize it up.


1. several people got cateracts shortly after lasik and needed additional surgury. Their vision remains poor to this day :(

2. I know a few people, one lady in particular who tolerated contacts fine and didnt mind them. She got sucked in the lasik hype, got lasik and now doesnt see as well as she did with contacts and she cant tolerate contacts anymore! :(

3. I know quite a few people who got lasik for nothing! They had such low pescriptions that they didnt even need glasses and most in fact rarely or never wore glasses. One guy was 20/40 and only wore glasses sometimes for driving. He figured he had nothing to lose by getting lasik when the surgeon said youll be comparing your 20/40 vision to the 20/20 or 20/15 ill be giving you. Well he got overcorrected and induced astigmastim and high order aberrations. now he sees WORSE than he saw before lasik WITHOUT glasses! imagine lasik corrected vision worse than your uncorrected vision! He now wears glasses much of the time and still sees disorted, especially at night! :(

4. I know this college lady who emailed me and her friends warning them to avoid lasik! She hated glasses(and couldnt tolerate contacts) so she got lasik. I believe she got induced astigmastim and doesnt see very well to this day. She has difficulty seeing the college board and text looks smeared and disorted causing eyestrain and headaches! :(


Bottom line? A V O I D lasik!!!!!!!!!!!!! enjoy your clear glasses vision!

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 Post subject: It amazes me!
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2006 10:09 pm 
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Ally,
It amazes me that even though you tell people and warn them, some of them still go thru with it. In my case, I guess I have kept approximately 50 people who were thinking of getting lasik from getting it - some say ever! However, I feel bad because I lost 3. 2 had lasik and 1 had PRK.
of the 3, 1 had lasik with a different doctor, but he is a colleague and business partner of the doctor that did mine and the other 2 had their surgeries with the same doctor that did mine: Dr. David Doka. And all 3 are quite young. ONe is 23 with 3 small children, the other 2 are in their early 30's. I know they will remember me one day and remember that I tried to warn them. I am such a chicken, all it would have taken would have been 1 person to have told me something negative and I just do not know how I did it, because I am chicken. Worst mistake of my life: lasik!
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J Cataract Refract Surg. 2004 Jun;30(6):1382-4.

Complete bilateral vitreous detachment after LASIK retreatment.

Smith RJ, Yadarola MB, Pelizzari MF, Luna JD, Juarez CP, Reviglio VE.

Department of Ophthalmology, Fundacion VER, Cordoba, Argentina, Argentina.

We describe a case of a 47-year-old woman who underwent bilateral laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for the correction of myopia and astigmatism. Two months later a residual refractive error was present in both eyes. LASIK retreatment was decided and performed the following day. Twenty-four hours after the procedure, the patient reported myodesopsia in both eyes. Funduscopic examination revealed a complete bilateral posterior vitreous detachment confirmed by kinetic ultrasound. Visual disturbance in both eyes continued to be present after 10 months of follow-up. Sudden changes in intraocular pressure related to suction ring use might be the cause of posterior vitreous detachment in this patient.

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 Post subject: US surgeons don't like to admit that LASIK is harmful?
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Notice that many publications that expose LASIK complications most explicitly are authored by non-US physicians and scientists???

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 Post subject: Parents give LASIK for Christmas, son has retinal detachment
PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 5:31 pm 
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A man who lives just a few miles from my home told me that he and his wife gave their twenty-something son LASIK as a Christmas gift. The son had a retinal detachment in one eye shortly after the procedure, which was only paritially repaired, and has poor vision after LASIK in the other eye.

A heartbreaking story, and one that won't be repeated if patients do their part to spread the word that LASIK is harmful. Have the courage to be honest about your own poor outcome.

Bad things are allowed to continue when good people do nothing!


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