In January 2012 I launched My Beautiful Eyes Campaign, calling for the UK government to regulate the refractive eye surgery industry.
This resulted in a surprisingly high number of people asking for my advice, and so I set up MBE Foundation, a patient advocacy service...

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15 Aug 2013 09:02 #451 by Maggie
Thanks for this information. Good to know that those who under 60 should not have IOL. Yesterday I was recommended to have IOL. The optometrist didn't mention that at all! Although my vision has changed in the past two years, she completely ignored it and didn't mention how that would affect my surgery either. OE is just dishonest and uncaring!
20 Jul 2013 23:32 #452 by Robin
I was told that I had a 10% chance of needing a laser "tweak" following IOL. I stupidly thought I would be fine and would not need laser. If you have thin corneas and need lasek for said tweak,this is a painful procedure, not during, but after, and takes many weeks if not months to heal and for the vision to finally improve. When (not if) you need a yag laser for secondary cataract, the most common complication that can occur in less than a year! following lens exchange, this can shift the position of the lens implant thus necessitating yet another surface laser! If I had known this I would never have gone ahead. I am very interested in the problems that you have experienced.
20 Jul 2013 22:52 - 20 Jul 2013 23:01 #453 by Deceived
I have serious problems after lens exchange surgery & am now suing OE.

A letter from Stephen Hannan said "Such an outcome does not reflect any error in the original treatment but rather an known and accepted outcome treatment which occurs in approximately 10% of procedures."

Nor sure what "an known" means!?

Question on the internet: "Are the long term outcomes from intraocular lens treatment good?"

Reply from Optical Express: "Yes. 98% achieve reading standard of 20/80 or better * following the procedure and are able to read newspaper print smaller than that found in today's newspapers without the need for spectacles.
* Optical Express Biostatistics January 2013, 8,544 patients. Based on consecutive primary IOL procedures March 2008 through December 2012.


Nver brilliant at maths but even I know 98% successes does not equal 10% failure!!!
20 Jul 2013 22:38 #454 by Robin
Just read this tonight and it really resonates with me.

"There is no something like freedom from glasses, you will need them eventually even after having so miraculous" IOL. If you don't accept 2 pairs of glasses on top of your freshly done eyes at some stage better keep away. If you are under 60 don't do IOL as the risk is much higher. Oh so many things they will never tell you."

IOL is only "miraculous" if successful and only if it provides lasting stable vision....a big if!

If you are considering IOL think again.....there are many things that can go wrong, at the initial surgery and the years following surgery. I didn't realise that I was taking such a risk with my eyes and if I could only turn the clock back I would.
19 Jul 2013 17:33 #455 by Shenanigans
A quick call to "Leanne" at Optimax confirmed ALL Ultralase clinics in Ireland closed! Said we could go to Belfast for follow up treatment - the ONLY Optimax clinic left in Ireland! Sounds like it's going to be a very busy one with ALL damaged Ultralase & Optimax patients queuing up! Or will Ambrose be paying for his patients to travel to London for treatment?
Bet he's now regretting his haste in purchasing Ultralase & wishing he'd let Moulsdale have it instead :pinch:
19 Jul 2013 16:25 - 19 Jul 2013 17:08 #456 by Nick
It looks like Optimax is pulling out of Ireland!

Hallelujah, the first step, the first small victory, hopefully it will become contagious and spread to other parts of the UK.
17 Jul 2013 11:49 - 17 Jul 2013 11:50 #457 by Observing

Journalist #RachelReilly wrote "Could a 90-second procedure BANISH the risks of laser eye surgery? New eye drop and UV light treatment 'eliminates dangers'

The new treatment, called Lasik Xtra, almost entirely negates risk of the three most common complications linked to this procedure: corneal ectasia, regression of sight and epithelial ingrowth."

What a load of tosh!

Even world renowned surgeon #SherazDaya says "To date, there has been no scientific evidence published to demonstrate that Lasik Xtra is of any benefit."
28 Jun 2013 12:11 - 01 Jul 2013 09:42 #458 by METHYL BROMIDE
15 Jun 2013 23:51 - 15 Jun 2013 23:55 #459 by Conned
I have major problems with dry eyes & starbursts after surgery nearly 2 years ago, and also a recent eye test showed I've dropped from being over corrected to +1.50 to +2.00!!!

I paid to lose my distance vision specs & now have those back AND 2 other prs for all distance.

if you're looking for feedback or recommendations here I have one simple message, your eyes are too important to risk messing up, and this industry only wants your money, so DON'T DO IT!.
09 Jun 2013 17:12 #460 by LOL
Laser eye surgery was featured in the ITV sitcom 'Job Lot' last week which made me wonder if the scriptwriter has suffered too!


if you can't be bothered to watch it all start viewing at 12.25 mins...

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