Exposing the LASIK Scam

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http://www.revophth.com/index.asp?page=1_13405.htm

"As for the incidence of ectasia, the study extrapolated that it?s about 1:11,500 cases. ?I think we underestimate though, because people tend to underreport,? says Dr. Duffey. ?Personally, that number is pretty solidly scientific, but I?d be willing to bet it?s more like 1:6,250; I think the numerator?s higher and the denominator?s lower.?


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Journal of Refractive Surgery Vol. 23 No. 4 April 2007

David P.S. O?Brart, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth; Faye Mellington, MBBS; Sophie Jones, MRCOphth; John Marshall, PhD

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Excimer laser refractive surgery is undertaken on healthy eyes, hence any deterioration in postoperative corneal transparency must be of great concern.

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http://www.crstoday.com/PDF%20Articles/ ... edpage.php

Is LASIK Good Enough?
By Stephen G. Slade, MD, Chief Medical Editor
July, 2007

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Why don't more people have LASIK? We ophthalmologists believe in it. More of us, percentage-wise, have undergone laser vision correction than any other population subgroup. Why, then, is elective refractive surgery's penetration only 1% to 2% in the general population? We all want the answer.


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Perhaps we have caused potential patients' fear and hesitation through endless debates on LASIK versus PRK, some poor results, and negative marketing.


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For my part, I am studying Generation Y. I am hiring 20-somethings as counselors and requesting their feedback on my Web site and office. More than that, however, I like the idea of a fresh start with a new technique.

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Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
July, 2007

Stephen G. Slade, MD:
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Recently, refractive surgery volumes have been relatively flat or have even declined. In many respects, this downturn is related to the drawbacks associated with the two procedures we currently perform. With PRK, patients must cope with pain, haze, and slow visual recovery. With LASIK, there is an increased incidence of dry eye, halos, and glare as well as a risk of corneal ectasia.

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Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
July, 2007

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Michael P. Graham, MD
Orlando, Florida
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...the leaders in our field have become so corrupted by accepting large consulting fees from industry that they are no longer unbiased sources of information.

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In conclusion, refractive eye surgery provides an alternative to wearing spectacles or contact lenses. However, potential patients must be warned of the complications and long-term effects on the eyes.

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Marguerite McDonald, MD (1999):
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We are only starting to ride the enormous growth curve of LASIK in this country. There will be more than enough surgeries for everyone to benefit if we keep our heads by sharing information openly and honestly and by resisting the temptation to criticize the work of our colleagues when we are offering a second opinion to a patient with a suboptimal result. Who was it who said, ?When the tide comes in, all the boats in the harbor go up??


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Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.

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Sekundo W, B?nicke K, Mattausch P, Wiegand W.:

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A question still to be answered is why 81% of patients appeared to be quite happy with the overall results when all of them had poor night vision.


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J Cataract Refract Surg. 2003 Jun;29(6):1152-8.
Six-year follow-up of laser in situ keratomileusis for moderate and extreme myopia using a first-generation excimer laser and microkeratome.

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DR GEORGE O. WARING III:

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This means you can lift the LASIK flap indefinitely after LASIK. My longest personal LASIK flap lift is 12 years, and it was done very easily. We have performed biomechanical studies now at Emory up to eight years post-operatively and find that the strength of the lamellar wound is about 2 percent of the normal cornea.


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Am J Ophthalmol. 2006 May;141(5):799-809.
Corneal keratocyte deficits after photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis.

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Corrine Brown:

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The punishment should fit the crime and if a doctor or drug company does harm knowingly or negligently to a patient they should be compensated to make them whole.

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Edward Boshnick, O.D., F.A.A.O.
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www.eyefreedom.com

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I have never seen a second surgery correct the error of a first surgery. The population with post-lasik vision and comfort issues is growing dramatically. In my opinion there are tens of thousands of patients who have had lasik and other refractive surgical procedures with significant problems here in the United States. God only knows how many people there are world-wide suffering from significant vision loss.

Contact lens laboratories are slowly becoming aware of your problems. Synergeyes Corp. has devoted significant financial resources to the development of a post-surgical lens. Other labs are coming out with both soft lens and gas permeable designs to assist you. Unfortunately, new refractive surgical technologies are coming out faster than the technologies to correct the problems that the former create.

The bottom line is to find an optometrist specializing in contact lenses and corneal rehabilitation. If you seek out a lasik specialist, common sense dictates that he/she will only want to give you a surgical solution.

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LOUIS E. PROBST, MD

"The most important step in this patient's care is to "kill him with kindness." The statute of limitations for medical liability may not have expired in some states."


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LOUIS E. PROBST, MD

"The most important step in this patient's care is to "kill him with kindness." The statute of limitations for medical liability may not have expired in some states."


They never cease to amaze me. :shock:

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Marian S. Macsai, MD, professor and vice chairwoman of ophthalmology, Northwestern University, and chief of ophthalmology, Evanston Northwestern Health Care, and former FDA Advisory Panel Member

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It?s just, ?Slow down everybody! Make sure we?re doing what?s best for our patients and not our pocketbooks.?

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http://www.tlcdocs.com/management_resou ... Potter.pdf

John W Potter, OD
National Director for Clinical Affairs
TLC Laser Eye Centers

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I cannot begin to tell you how often patients have laser vision correction without being fully informed of the risks and benefits associated with this procedure.

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