Exposing the LASIK Scam

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 Post subject: my post lasik nightmare
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:42 pm 
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I had monovision lasik done last december.It was horrible and I could not get used to one eye always being out of focus.The doctor acted as though I was being silly about it but it was driving me crazy.To get my "enhancement",I had to wait 3 months for the eye to heal,so I had to live with it for a while.Just before I was going to get the enhancement done,I had an attack of acute vertigo,very intense.This seemed to clear up in a day or two and nothing was going to stop me correcting this vision problem so in april,I had the enhancement done.One week later I had another severe attack of vertigo lasting 12 hours.Since that time I have remained off work because I am so dizzy everyday.I also have terrible migraine headaches.The dizziness also makes me quite nauseus.I've had electrostagmography,MRIs,CAT scans,been treated by a puzzled ear nose and throat specialist for labyrinthitis.Everything keeps going back to this lasik "procedure".Now I am finding people with similar problems after lasik.My vision seems to be pretty good now.No halos,double vision etc which many people who have had lasik complain about.I am dizzy everyday and afraid to drive very far because the movement increases the symptoms.I have to walk very slowly or I zig zag.I had missed my post opt appt a few days after the surgery because I was at the hospital having tests done etc which showed every thing normal.So recently I made the connection that nothing was left but the procedure as a cause.I also had a gut feeling that it had caused this.Several days ago,I scheduled that follow up to tell them what had happened and see what they had to say.AS EXPECTED,they told me it was not vision related and they had never heard of such a thing.They told me I was non-prescription as far as needing glasses.After seeing another optometrist,he found me to be near sighted in one eye and farsighted in the other with astigmatisms induced in both eyes.After buying many pairs of glasses,I found that they improved my vision but somehow my eyes did not seem to work together and the glasses didn't help this.After seeing several more opthamologists at major universities,I found out what the white wall of silence was all about.They tried to insinuate it was a put on but would not answer when I asked how the electrostagmography test I had clearly showed my vertigo and 3 different doctors had also diagnosed acute vertigo.I went through a couple more optometrists until I found one who was familiar (or honest) and he had seen others with these symptoms.My corneas were described as "wavy as fun house mirrors").I went through several fittings of RGP's and we finally decided they could not be fitted to my now distorted corneas.They would not center and were extremely uncomfortable.I was so determined that I wore them until my eyes were swollen because I could feel the effect they had of helping my eyes work together.So now,weeks later,I am wearing reverse geometry soft lenses which I can tolerate but the vision is blurry.I see my doctor again this week to see what to try next.I am 10 months post lasik and have still been unable to return to my work.My hope is,someone with this situation might read this and save themselves a lot of time beating their head against that white wall.There is a huge cover up.This condition from what I know so far is either an aneisokonic,anisometropic or a convergence issue caused by the corneal distortions.I am betting the surgeon knew exactly what was up from the moment I told him. :evil:


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 Post subject: Vertigo and nausea after LASIK
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:01 am 
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Hi Lasick, and welcome to the flap. I have heard of cases like yours where vision was actually pretty good but constant nausea kept the patient from functioning normally.

This whole scenario could have been prevented if your doctor would have been willing to take just a few minutes of his time to use trial lenses to simulate monovision for you. If you didn't like the monovision, then you ccould have said a polite 'no thank you' to monovision surgery.

It's that simple.

Surgeons will not do this easy inexpensive test - they would rather subject their patients to a lifetime of something unnacceptable but permanent.

I hope you find some kind of lense that will restore your vision and your 'equilibrium'. There is such a thing as brain adaptation to vision... refractive surgery changes your vision quite suddenly and understandably it is a shock to the visual system.

Some people have difficulty adapting. People with varible/shifting vision are really challenged because there is no 'constant' to allow brain adaptation.

I'm betting the surgeon knew your problem from the moment you told him what was going on as well, but he didn't want to admit liability or admit that a surgery that is so profitable to him could cause symptoms like yours. It just isn't good for his practice for people to find these things out. So make sure you tell everyone you can find.

A huge coverup can't continue if we all agree to expose it.


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 Post subject: A period of nausea after LASIK
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:12 am 
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I went through a period after LASIK where my eyes were changing rapidly... and I regressed a great deal. Due to dry eye I also had fluctuations in my vision throughout the day. I went through 6 pairs of glasses and 5 pairs of contact lenses in about 18 months.

For several months I was nauseous from my distorted vision and would vomit frequently.

Nobody even imagines that LASIK can do THAT!

Lo and behold the accounting secretary of my department told me that she was nauseous at least a full year after her LASIK and still has terrible vision. She needs a VERY bright light and a magnifying glass to read. She wears glasses. I noticed she had difficulty with her vision when I met her.
Now that I know she had LASIK... well that explains it.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:39 am 
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Actually,I only thought my vision was good after surgery because I had no reference any more.I was previously -4 dioptors in both eyes,so seeing without glasses at all seemed good to me.Once I got to an optometrist and was shown the difference,I wasn't seeing nearly as good as I thought I was.Many pairs of glasses later,I found out that glasses would not fix this problem.I really got nowhere for about 5 or 6 months until I found an OEP,FCOVD (hope I got that right) optometrist.I had been seeing ENT's before that because the ear was suspect with the vertigo.I was told that my eyes could not cause dizziness.I researched for months and really found the info on my own after we eliminated all other causes and everything pointed back to the lasik.
If anyone has experienced true vertigo,you know how horrible this is.It's extremely scary and I thought I was dieing.
I know now that I am on the right track but being fully functional again is going to require contact lenses worn all the time that my eyes are open.One reason I had lasik was because I coundn't tolerate contacts.RGP's fall into the imperfections and will not center and the soft ones are blurry but I'm hoping we can work this out because it appears to be my only hope.
Do you think I would have taken a chance if warned of this?NOT!!
Thanks for the reply and the nice welcome! :)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:54 am 
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When I said I had returned for a followup in my first post a few days ago,I meant to say a few days later because I had been in the hospital when I was scheduled for the lasik follow up.
Here is one of the best sources of info I found in my many searchs.

http://www.doctorpolitzer.com/default.html

Seems like I fit somewhere between anti-metropic and post traumatic vision syndrome.


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 Post subject: Vision rehab specialist
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 1:00 am 
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Hi Lasick! Did you see the actual doctor from the link you posted? Have you found other doctors helpful with post-refractive surgery vertigo? If so, it would be great to provide their names so that other people who are having similar problems can find their way to the best specialist quickly.

Going to ten doctors who tell you there is nothing wrong with you (when you know there is something TERRIBLY WRONG) is a bad experience most of us have shared.

Keep us posted on the progress with the soft contacts! Have you tried anti-nausea drugs (the kind they give to cancer patients?)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 2:17 am 
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I saw a local doctor of the same type.I think I found him by looking for an O.E.P. optometrist.They understand these type problems.
We have been having a hard time tweaking the fit and focus because of the distortions in my cornea but the contacts are working and I had my first day without a horrible headache in many months.I have great hope now that I will be ok.I'm not sure how I've managed to endure other than having no choice.I never dreamed of any such complication from something that was supposed to be so quick and easy.Truly a nightmare.I hope someday I can go for a day without obsessing over my eyes.It seems impossible right now.


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 Post subject: How's it going with the contacts?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:10 am 
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Hi Lasick. How are you doing with the lenses? Are you continuing to have relief from the nausea/headaches?


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 Post subject: contacts
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:15 pm 
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We have tried over and over to fit my distorted corneas.I just received a new custom (thicker) toric lens for the right eye but so far its a little blurry.The thinner lens just collapse into the distortions that lasik created making them blurry or change focus when I blink.
I bought about a half dozen pairs of glasses i cannot use now,glasses don't help this.Now I'm up to about 4 pairs of contacts trying to make them fit lasik eyes.If we ever get the right one corrected properly,I think I'll be ok eventually,if I can tolerate contacts.
I've been through the mill of doctors who don't know and those who are cashing in and covering up.
THIS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR!
Save yourself from these parasites.Don't even think about burning your eyes!I was such a fool.


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 Post subject: You were not a fool
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:21 am 
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You just were denied the information you needed to make an informed decision. You can help others learn about the dangers of LASIK by sharing your story, as you are here (THANK YOU!!!) and by telling people in your community about your experience.

Just don't blame yourself! It isn't your fault that a corrupt industry and greedy surgeons have harmed you.


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 Post subject: contacts
PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:30 pm 
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I'm estimating that I have been to more than 8 fittings and still haven't been able to correct my lasik mess with contacts.My doctor is trying thicker lenses to try and keep them from collapsing on my flattened wavy corneas.We cannot seem to get the right eye in focus and any where near stable.I think you hit the nail on the head that I need something stable before I can adapt to it.
I don't have the migraines when wearing the contacts for some reason but there is a lot of eye strain and fatigue from not being in focus and one reason I had lasik was that I could not tolerate contacts,now I am forced to try and wear them and can't,so far.
It's a very private nightmare that only I can see and feel.
I have been to several universities and many "doctors."I know first hand that there is a cover up.When I confront these people with the only proof I really have,the testing showing my nystagmus,they have nothing to say.
I am now 10 months post op,still on disability and still bouncing off the white wall of silence.


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 Post subject: Re: Vision rehab specialist?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 12:50 am 
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Truly wrote:
Hi Lasick! Did you see the actual doctor from the link you posted? Have you found other doctors helpful with post-refractive surgery vertigo? If so, it would be great to provide their names so that other people who are having similar problems can find their way to the best *specialist* quickly.

Going to ten doctors who tell you there is nothing wrong with you (when you know there is something TERRIBLY WRONG) is a bad experience most of us have shared.

Keep us posted on the progress with the soft contacts! Have you tried anti-nausea drugs (the kind they give to cancer patients?)


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 Post subject: What was your astigmatism correction, pre-op
PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 12:57 am 
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Hi Lasick. So sorry to hear that the lens fitting process is still a challenge. Are you going to a specialist in refitting post-LASIKs for contacts? If not, this could be part of your problem. You need to do this with someone with lots of experience with eyes like yours.

Dr. Minarik and Dr. Boschnick are both on this site. Perhaps one of them could help you? Where do you live?

Toric lenses are for astigmatism. Did you have astigmatism BEFORE you had surgery or was your astigmatism INDUCED by LASIK? IF you had induced astigmatism and never had it before, it can really be disorienting.

Please fine a pre-op prescription and share it with us... not just your sphere but the entire prescription including any astigmatism (cylinder) and any reading prescription you needed (follows your prescription 'add... then a number0.

If you have induced astigmatism that you didn't have before surgery this may be ONE reason the doctors are so quiet! It's very common, actually - which is sickening.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 2:15 am 
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I had a very slight astigmatism in one eye(.25) and none in the other.Now I have it in both eyes and it's increased,I'll post my prescription later.
Yes ,I am very disoriented but I can tell the contacts help with it but I haven't found the proper one yet.The one I have for the right eye now is toric and I think the one that's coming is less toric.
I am near the cincinnati area and I don't know of a really experienced doctor close who has a great deal of experience at fitting post lasik messes like mine.My optometrist is very dedicated to helping me though and has been wonderful but I think we are more or less experimenting with trying to fix this.
Funny thing is glasses help correct my vision but do nothing as far as helping my eyes work together correctly while the contacts do help.It's a strange and horrible problem indeed and of course,had I been warned,they wouldn't have got my money to do this to me.It seems highly likely that my life will never be the same.
I have spoken with Dr Minarek several times months ago and he helped steer me in the direction I'm going.


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 Post subject: Interested to see how MUCH induced astigmatism you have...
PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2006 2:38 am 
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Lasick - it WILL be interesting to see how much induced astigmatism you ended up with. Glad you hooked up with Dr. M for help. It's way too early to say your life will be the same. Some time and the right pair of lenses could put this all behind you. Hang in there.


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