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6 surgeries = glasses, headaches and sickness! 02 Jul 2014 15:58 #121

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Hi, I found this site via the 'OERML' Facebook and wanted to share my experience.

I started treatment nearly three years ago and have had 6 surgeries, 3 on both eyes. I have been left with one highly long sighted right eye and one short sighted left eye. I feel sick without the glasses I now have to wear, cannot play county cricket as my 3D vision has been impaired and was treated dreadfully by staff who simply said I'd 'have to see if my eyes sorted themselves out...'

I've paid £4500 for 6 surgeries, never able to wear contacts again, stuck in glasses, suffer daily headaches and feel depressed as I hate glasses, the reason I started the process in the first place - I wanted to be able to get away from glasses forever! I have been cheated and lied to...

I am in the prime of my life, newly married and I should be happy and feeling confident, but instead I have no confidence due to the glasses - which I was bullied over when I was younger. Not to mention, if I wanted a decent pair of glasses OE told me I would have to pay for them myself. I could only select from the cheap CRAPPY selection which they offer damaged patients.

Not once have they bothered to check whether I am okay, or how my eye sight is. In fact at the last appointment the optometrist just said I'd have to see how I went with the difference between my eyes, even though I told her I was feeling sick and getting headaches, she offered no explanation as to why this might be happening so I got a second opinion from Specsavers who saw me for 40mins and checked everything (OE appt time 14mins - no checking of the eye, or thorough eye test carried out).. Specsavers gave me a prescription for my glasses and managed to spot the astigmatism in both eyes which OE hadn't even mentioned for my prescription.

I have considered taking anti-depressants but this would interfere with my work (i'm a teacher) but I am so unhappy with my vision and having to wear glasses all the time to stop myself from feeling sick. The glasses do help with the headaches but in order to aid with this the glasses have to be large lenses so that I cannot see around them as this makes me feel like I have motion sickness... The whole thing makes me feel like crying.

At every appointment I was told 'it will be fine' and 'this is normal' until the day after my last surgery where they measured my right eye as going from -0.5 to a staggering +2.5.. I have spoken to another surgeon at the local hospital who said this is impossible unless the surgeon miscalculated the laser time! So there are surely grounds for a case just from the last treatment.

Nobody ever told me that I may end up wearing glasses forever, or that my eyes may no longer be able to take contact lenses if the treatment didn't work. They also told me that my eyes were suitable for the procedure, all 6 times! Whereas a friend who is an optician said that the strength of my prescription would put me in the high risk for failure (original prescription -7.5 and -7.0)

I am seeking legal advice.

Dry Eyes 30 Jun 2014 09:46 #122

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I would love to speak with someone who is also suffering from severe dry eyes. I find the burning and blurred vision (not to mention the floaters) so difficult to deal with every day. I have tried every drop on the market, and am now taking 100mg of doxycycline and FML steroid drops every day along with heating (using a blephasteam) and massaging the eyelids, and putting lacrilube in at night. Nothing really seems to help! If anyone can offer any support then please do get in touch, Sasha has my details. I struggle every day to deal with the fact that surgeons, who know that such debilitating complications can occur are still willing to put their patient's eyes at risk by offering these procedures! I struggled to wear my contact lenses for more than a couple of hours yet was still given the go ahead to proceed - my eyes were too dry to begin with, this was never going to be a successful outcome! I look forward to speaking to you. Many thanks Debs

I NEED GLASSES AGAIN 14 Jun 2014 13:05 #123

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After my eyes have regressed to where they were before surgery, but with added side effects and problems, I've been offered free 'enhancement' surgery'!

But I have been told that my current symptoms would be worse than they are plus a lengthy recovery period.

I ma not risking damaging my eyes any further and won't be having their free 'enhancement'! I have sought legal advice and been told I have a good case while OE decide what they are going to do to help me.

I would not recommend this surgery to anyone, safer to stick with your glasses or contact lenses!

Thousands of patients suffer surgery failure. 07 Jun 2014 08:41 #124

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The best (and only) way to guarantee no corneal haze or scarring is to have NO SURGERY AT ALL!

OE IMAB chairman & "Sasha Slayer' spokesman 06 Jun 2014 22:31 #125

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Pandora wrote: Quotes:
Steve Schallhorn:
"A single application of low-dose mitomycin C (MMC) is highly effective in treating and preventing haze and scarring, said Steven C. Schallhorn, M.D., director of refractive surgery, U.S. Navy, San Diego. That’s according to a review of the current scientific literature on MMC. There also has been no reported serious complication of MMC. However, he said, ophthalmologists still don’t understand the dosage implications of MMC, he said. The longest follow up with MMC has only been three years."


Need I say more?!

DR LUCA ANTICO 06 Jun 2014 10:44 #126

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Bowmans layer is destroyed by lasek, so if people are not told told about the potential complications such as epithelial erosion prior to surgery, then there's been no informed consent!

LASIK or LASEK - if it goes wrong, in all probability you will be left with INCURABLE EYE DAMAGE!

MMC & LASEK 06 Jun 2014 09:43 #127

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No brainer - cancel!

Did the surgeon tell you (verbally) the risks of lasek?
Did they tell you how damned painful it is afterwards?
And very important - did they mention Mitomycin C (MMC)?

You are VERY VERY lucky to have found this site BEFORE surgery!

Wish I had :blink:

DR LUCA ANTICO 05 Jun 2014 22:27 #128

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I just booked lasek with this surgeon :(

DR LUCA ANTICO 02 Jun 2014 11:26 #129

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I'll bet Mr Antico still got a bonus for ploughing through as many patients as possible on the day this lady's eye was damaged.

DR LUCA ANTICO 01 Jun 2014 22:05 #130

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Last year my wife was tired of problems using contact lenses and decided to have laser eye surgery with Optical Express. We booked appointments and went through all the paper work for the credit agreement with Hitachi Capital finance. Then we booked the appointment for surgery at Cabot Circus in Bristol.

After 3 or 4 hours my wife was ready to go back home and as soon as we arrived she went to bed to rest while I looked after the kids.

She soon started complaining of intense pain in her left eye, which we both thought was probably normal after laser eye surgery. But all through the night she was suffering more pain which got so bad that she had to be rushed to Bristol General Infirmary.

They told her there was nothing they could do because the surgery had gone wrong as the Optical Express surgeon had cut the flap too much on the left eye and that we should try to get it sorted with the service provider (OE).

The next day I took my wife back to the OE clinic in Bristol but because it was a Saturday there wasn't a doctor available to help her. They sent her to Cardiff where they performed emergency surgery to correct the mistake made on the first surgery. We had to catch a train with my wife half blind and in so much pain all the way to Cardiff to have emergency surgery!

After countless visits to see the optometrist and only one visit to the surgeon who'd messed up the first surgery, Optical Express decided that my wife needs an enhancement. But they have really messed around changing the dates, passing the ball from one to another and unable to give a proper solution to this. My wife cant see properly through her left eye while every single month I keep repaying the full amount of the finance repayment to HITACHI CAPITAL.

My wife is epileptic and has serious problems with depression and this whole situation has generated a great deal of anxiety and stress affecting our entire family very negatively.

I am now really angry with Optical Express and considering speaking to a solicitor.

I don't think I should be paying Hitachi and now think my wife deserves some sort of compensation for all these problems and stress caused by the unprofessional and CR*P company that is OPTICAL EXPRESS

The name of the surgeon that performed the laser surgery at Bristol Optical Express clinic is LUCA ANTICO. The post care was negligent and my wife is having a really hard time.

So think twice before believing all the lies and having your life ruined by OPTICAL EXPRESS!!