Exposing the LASIK Scam

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 Post subject: Some recent MedWatch reports
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 2:11 am 

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http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/c ... ID=1029649

I was told that the fda was holding a hearing or discussion about post lasik problems. The contact person was karen warburton, but i didn't know how to get this to her. I had lasik surgery in 2002, and it has left me disabled. I am in constant discomfort and pain due to severe dry eye. I am not eligible to receive medicare for another two years which means i have no health insurance. I have lost two homes and can no longer work at my regular job due to this problem. I have halos, starbursts, sensitivity to light, can't tolerate wind or air from fans, can't go to shopping malls or stores without extreme discomfort which has lead to depression and anxiety. Please hear my voice!!! this surgery is a lot more dangerous than most people will admit. I feel like my life has been ruined. And the thought of living the rest of my life with this pain is horrible.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/c ... ID=1018959

I had lasik surgery with a bad outcome that has affected my entire life. I know i signed a consent form that stated the possible poor outcomes. I though a poor outcome would mean that i would still need to wear glasses. I now have high order aberrations and a mixed astigmatism in both eyes. I had problems right from the onset. At each exam, i would tell him that i had blurry vision and that it looked like the letters were all jumbled and unclear. Later, i would identify it as multiple vision. Night time is a nightmare. He would always say it will be alright and that i would need a enhancement. Which i had. There was no improvement. I had blepharitis, and many other visits to him. After my initial enhancement in both eyes, i continued to have problems. He then told me i needed to have endo or epithelial cells scraped from my left eye. I was worse after that. Finally, i told him i wanted a second opinion. He referred me to a center and surgeon that had trained. This physician's initial response was that my problems could not be fixed with repeated lasik procedures and that the first physician should pay to have them fixed. This is the first time that i had a name for my problems. The second physician has tried two procedures to fix my problems. I think my night vision may be worse. After my second procedure with the second surgeon, their laser was recalled. The only way i found out was through yet another surgeon. I don't know what to do. My concern is not only for myself, but for others. How are their complications reported? this is a cash industry for the most part. If my complications were reported by him would i have been informed? i wish there was a website that dealt with each physician's complication rates. When you make your pre procedure appointment, this website should be given to you and you should receive a form for reporting your own complications. I am very doubtful these are accurately reported. Since my procedure, i am aware of 7 other people that had very bad outcomes with him. I think what bothers me the most is that he was not straight forward with the severity of my problems. When i went to the second opinion surgeon, he used equipment to test and diagnose my problems that the first physician did not use. This equipment is what gave me my diagnosis. Lasik laser in surgery center.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/c ... ID=1015950

Allegretto wavefront laser for lasik. After lasik i developed terrible floaters that interfere with many activities. It is a terrible experience. Date of use: 2007.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/c ... ID=1013926

Lasik surgery for nearsightedness - laser "skipped" when making initial cut. Laser scraped my eye, preventing completion of the surgery in one eye - other eye completed successfully during same appointment. - healing of the scrape took about 4 months. Also led to significant pain, lost time at work, and periodic "erosions" in my eye. Vision in that eye is now corrected with contact lens. Erosions still periodic, but treated with steroid and lubricant drops as needed. Erosions a year later still cause a good deal of pain and lost time at work. When not wearing the contact lens, contrast in that eye is greatly impacted to the point that i cannot complete tasks up-close without the contact, which was not the case prior to surgery.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/c ... ID=1007129

Serious, severe dry eye syndrome developed within 3 days of surgery and i still have it 18 months later.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/c ... ID=1007161

Pts treated on the visx star4 laser at facility. The results of said treatments were a range of pts who were over corrected or partially treated. As a result, the pts corneas were made irregular. Some pts requiring further treatments; some pts whose cornea irregularity is so severe, no add'l treatment will correct the vision. The problem was reported to both visx and the parent company of the facility, in september. Many calls were made to visix and several service calls were made to the facility. Add'l statements available upon request.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/c ... ID=1002386

An attorney reported his client alleged "severe permanent injuries, pain, suffering, disability, impairment and loss of enjoyment of life" following bilateral lasik surgery. In addition, the plaintiff alleged the "laser system was defective and in an unreasonably dangerous condition". Add'l info provided indicates both eyes were affected. This report is for the left eye, the right eye was reported under mfr report #1061857-2007-00467. The pt was treated with a custom myopia with astigmatism treatment. The target for both eyes was plano. At 1 month post-op, this pt was overcorrected in the left eye by +3. 00 diopter and experienced a 1 line decrease in bcva. Ucva improved from 20/cf to 20/100+2.

Broken Eyes

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