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Lens replacement 17 Feb 2016 08:23 #91

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Hi. If you are thinking about having lens replacement think very hard and long!
Yes we know that people have had it done successfully but you may end up like many of us with problems. Had mine done to my regret and the full story will be posted once I have convinced my GP that having private surgery does not exclude me from the NHS system!
Whilst trying to find out what has happened to my eyes I have been told to 'drink more water, take omega 3 tablets’, and the reason I can see 'floaters' is that I have new lenses that have given me good enough vision to allow me to see things that were 'always there'.
Be patient and I will tell you the whole story soon, just need to sort the GP problem out first.
Think very carefully before risking your eyes like I did, because there are too many false promises being made out there believe me!
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Asked to pay for YAG!! 23 Jan 2016 17:31 #92

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I have had some problems following lens surgery and was at the point of sending a complaint to Optical Express but did a bit of researching and found your site.

I would be grateful for any advice you could offer?

My surgery was in 2013 and the receptionist at Optical Express advised me that I had multifocal 30 lens fitted. I am now suffering blurred, double vision, black floating spots and my eyesight has deteriorated considerably in the last 6-12 months. In term of distance vision it is worse than it was before I had the surgery particularly in bad in low light. Not good news when I have to drive for work and photography is my passion.

Optical Express have told me I have a cell build up at the back of my eye causing a film to form on both lenses. I was concerned but they advised that this occurs in 20% of cases - so even more worried that this wasn't discussed with me before surgery!

It is now affecting my work and home life, and I am suffering persistent headaches which I believe are due to continual eye strain.

OE have told me I need to be reassessed in 3 months for possible yag laser and it's going to cost me £395 per eye. I'm absolutely astounded as I was promised clear sight - with no extra charge - for life.

Any advice on how to handle this would be really appreciated.
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Refractive Lens Surgery 22 Jan 2016 15:53 #93

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Hi Sasha
I would like your advice on the best way to proceed with my complaint.
I had replacement lens surgery in April 2013, and until recently - apart from the halos around the lights - I was delighted with the results. However, lately I have been having difficulty reading.
I visited Optical Express for a check up and was advised that I need YAG laser surgery and to go back in February for a further consultation, or before if my distance vision also started to fail. This really worried me as if that happened I would be blind!!
The consultant advised that I would have to pay £395.00 per eye to have YAG procedure performed at Optical Express.
Or I can have it done on the NHS!
I was outraged and upset to learn that they want to charge me for a procedure which was never mentioned in my initial consultations, that I have now researched and discovered is a common side effect of lens replacement surgery, for which I paid over £4,600 originally.
I cannot afford further expense and would appreciate your help.
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URGENT CALL! 19 Jan 2016 10:43 #94

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I had surgery on 21st and 28th September 2014 with disastrous results.

I had Mplus X 3.0 put in which resulted in only close vision for a few feet other vision is blurred and not clear.

I cannot carry on life in this state.

URGENT CALL! 13 Jan 2016 12:06 #95

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If you had lens replacement surgery at OE between January 2014 and now, and have experienced problems with your vision as a result, PLEASE contact me with your phone number asap!
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To Al Faretta... 08 Jan 2016 19:36 #96

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Quite frankly I doubt anyone on this site is interested in your opinion, particularly as it’s based on lies! You're just trying to undermine this site and Sasha’s hard work.

You have no idea the problems we face every day - or maybe you do! How many of your ‘customers' return to you with poor vision after surgery-Dry eyes, floaters, halos and many more problems?

Oh no sorry - you don't work for OE, you just wanted some advice.

Go away you disgusting little man :angry:

Re Al Faretta... 08 Jan 2016 19:00 #97

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If you haven't been following this thread please scroll down and read my post dated 6 Dec 2015 to understand the history of 'Al Far(r)etta'.

admin wrote:

Al Faretta wrote: I am a potential Multifocal lens patient as is my wife who has an early cataract… my wife has to have her eyes sorted by early next year if she wants to continue to drive.

I’d guessed ‘Al’ was an OE optom or surgeon given the content of his posts (some unapproved by me), and the fact that his various IP addresses matched the locations of OE stores across England and Ireland.

I still believe he is an OE surgeon - but happy to be proved wrong if you show me evidence 'Al'... confidentiality guaranteed even for you!

After challenging 'Al' he sent me this message on 14 December:
"What do you want to know about me? I am a self employed Optometrist who works as a Locum. I prefer to remain anonymous obviously. You should be interested only in my opinions, unrelated to anything else."

Perhaps someone else would like to explain to this troll why none of us are - or "should be" - interested in his opinions!

I have more important things to deal with thanks to people like him :kiss:

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE/NLR) 08 Dec 2015 16:25 #98

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After my appalling outcome from Optical Express' MPlus lenses, I wrote to Oculentis to enquire why my vision was so much poorer than OE had informed me it would be post surgery; extremely blurred vision, all the light disturbances and vision equal to looking through a 30 year old dirty shed window.
Interestingly they wrote back to say how good the MPlus lenses were/are and the need for lens explantation was unusual, however the rate they quoted for this was higher than OE quoted me (post surgery).

During my many months off work post surgery, due to said surgery (failure) I spent hours researching and said to OE's Steven Hannan that I have found out that if you have had multifocal IOL implants you cannot hold a flying license. I told him whilst I don't intend to hold a flying license, pilots are not the only profession who require a good level of vision, he told me my information was incorrect.

I beg to differ, "Multifocal IOLs are not acceptable":

Multifocal lenses and why you shouldn't. 08 Dec 2015 15:47 #99

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Hi again,

Just a little update, I was with one of the best gas permeable contact lens practices in London if not the world from 1994 through till September this year where now living in Germany and 3.75 years post Oculentis Mplus 1.5 implants and 2.75 years post left capsulotomy and the right eye lasek I am now plugged into the specialists at Heidelberg trying to get the advanced Swiss sclerals to work as my London experts after one year were defeated by the distance between us. The sclerals are meant to bandage the corneas which have been measured as having a 0.5sec right eye tear-breakup time (TBUT) and 4s left. Anything below 6secs is regarded as severe. This is due to both sets of surgery and some dry eye before surgery after nearly 30 years of gas permeable lens wear starting in 1986. The thing is, despite having worn a variety of semi-scleral lenses for my -10/-11 myopia including near vision, middle vision, distance vision and multi-focal, when it came to the assessment in January 2012 at the Moorfields private clinic, the optometrist dismissed ideas of a monofocal implant as unsuitable even though of course, I cannot read nor use the computer without reading glasses thus defeating the object of the Occulentis multifocal. The only activity where having multifocal helps is packing my parachute between jumps. I should have had a monofocal in each eye set for driving so the contrast in reading would be excellent. The thing is I was not given any time to make up my mind at the assessment and relied on their expertise. As I was flying back to Spain where I lived, I said ok, go with these mplus lenses. The consequences were nearly 3 years without a job, living off savings. Seriously, I do not lie. These lenses should never be used in anyone unless very old and even then I doubt it. I could go on as my history is literally more than that you find on Wikipaedia.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) 08 Dec 2015 12:31 #100

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sight conscious wrote: ...should Multifocal lenses be banned till a test is invented?

Interesting comments.

Should MFIOLs be banned completely? To be honest, probably not, but that said they are still taking a gamble. The NHS apparently do not deal with MFIOLs at all, and will only implant monofocals (Sasha will correct me if I'm wrong about this). Also in the US the regulatory agencies (FDA in this instance) are far more sceptical about new multifocal products. (As an aside, having had dealings with the US FTC in the past, whilst their system for regulation is not perfect it seems considerably better than ours). There is still a significant chance that a patient in their 70s or 80s with advanced cataracts would still have a better outcome with monofocals and glasses than with multifocals. What percentage chance is this? As I think I've pointed out, no-one actually knows.

The CE mark issue is an interesting example of the lack of transparency within the industry. Have the Notified Bodies in Germany taken care to ensure the lens is safe to implant? I have every confidence that they have. Have they taken the necessary steps to ensure the lens is effective with a particular range of patients, and what is that particular range of patients (you wouldn't implant these in a myopic teenager, right?) Don't know. As a UK citizen making the request the Notified Body is not required to even acknowledge receipt of my emails.

Regulation is a surgical issue, and having seen recents posts from Sasha here I am both stunned and flabbergasted that surgeons within the industry are apparently not required to adhere to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists guidelines. So... Whose guidelines are they required to adhere to then? And who has the ultimate responsibility for defining what category of patient is acceptable for multifocal lenses?

In my case the decision as to whether I was suitable for surgery was made by an optometrist, not an ophthalmic surgeon. My surgeon did not meet me until 10 minutes prior to surgery and even then did not examine me except to rubber stamp my consent form and check my eyes were sufficiently dilated. He didn't know me from the guy next door.

As to market forces though; the medical industry does not behave in exactly the same way as other markets. It's true that market forces apply, but because of the high level of concealment within the industry (look at recent newspaper articles on disclosure of clinical trials) (and in fairness the usually cautious rate of development of new products) (I have pharma clients) those market effects appear more slowly. But no, you can't rely on market forces for regulation in medicine.