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TOPIC: Lasik/Lasek Surgery Complications

Post iLasik Floaters and Cataracts 18 Jul 2014 09:07 #111

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Eve wrote: Optical Express have said they will perform cataract surgery (RLE/refractive lens exchange) free of charge, but I am hesitant to accept this as I think I would get better treatment on the NHS.

You are right to hesitate over this decision. Please don't trust your precious eyesight to these butchers again.

If you have flashers and floaters in your eye(s) and you are shortsighted, you need to have your eyes assessed by an ophthalmic surgeon, not an OE optometrist as these are warning signs for a retinal detachment and need to be treated seriously.

I speak from experience (hindsight is a wonderful thing!). I had RLE at OE nearly two years ago and had a retinal detachment in my left eye as a consequence of the surgery. Despite numerous trips back to OE the detachment was never identified and I was told I had 20/20 vision (where have we heard that before I wonder?) and that my eyes would settle down. They didn't, and I ended up having a retinal detachment when driving alone on the motorway. I was lucky to make it home.

The good old NHS and their brilliant surgeons sorted me out the next day and saved my sight, so I am eternally grateful to them.

However, as a result of the subsequent complications I have a number of morbidity issues with my eyes, including fierce one sided headaches and distorted vision that will never improve. These complications would not have happened if the developing tear in my eye had been noticed before it became a detachment.

I have not been back to OE since that time and they have not contacted me to find out how I am doing, despite their promises to look after my eyes for as long as needed to get my vision right.

Please don't trust them and don't let them touch your precious eyes and make them worse.

Seeing dots, Astigmatisms and misery 16 Jul 2014 19:41 #112

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Hi, I had surgery, in Jan 2010, now aged 27 , I need glasses daily, I see dots in my left eye and have astigmatism in both eyes.

My prescription is complex because my eyes are so butchered, and I'm left miserable.

I've been told I shouldn't have been operated on because I was too young (only 22 when I had the fatal surgery) and my eyes and prescription were unstable.

Since the surgery - which was rushed and careless at best - I've suffered ever since.

Optical Express were just worried about money, without any care for my wellbeing.

I will tell my story to anyone wanting to hear details.

Post iLasik Floaters and Cataracts 15 Jul 2014 13:21 #113

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Eve wrote:
My pre-op assessment on 19 May 2014 showed signs of cataracts in both eyes. The OE optometrist said this was rare, but not caused by the laser wavefront surgery. I have researched this on the internet and now believe both the floaters and cataracts were caused by my surgery...
Has anyone else had floaters and cataracts after lasik eye surgery?


"Most eye surgeries, including LASIK, carry risk of cataracts. Anecdotal reports of cataracts shortly after LASIK, even in relatively young patients, suggest a cause and effect relationship. Moreover, steriod drops routinely prescribed after LASIK may hasten the onset of cataracts.

Patients with signs of cataracts before LASIK should not have LASIK because vision may be corrected with the intraocular lens used for cataract surgery. Ironically, after LASIK the altered corneal surface causes inaccurate measurement of the intraocular lens power for cataract surgery. This means that patients who have LASIK surgery and later develop cataracts may be right back in glasses after cataract surgery -- or worse, subjected to the inherent risks of multiple surgeries."
www.lasikcomplications.com/inducedcataract.htm

My wife asked to pay for copy of her own letter!!! 11 Jul 2014 14:08 #114

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Saul Chacon wrote: My wife has a number of health problems and was refused surgery by Optical Express, BUT, they told her if she got a letter from her GP then they would do it.
How desperate are OPTICAL EXPRESS for money?


Yesterday I emailed David Moulsdale to ask for a copy of the GP's letter my wife gave to Optical Express. Today Stephen Hannan sent an email asking to speak to me.

I called Hannan a few hours ago and spoke to David Mungall.
He told me I have to pay £50 - for my wife's own letter :sick:

Post iLasik Floaters and Cataracts 11 Jul 2014 12:28 #115

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I have been short sighted since I was 10 years old and have always hated wearing glasses, mostly because, in all of those years, I have never found a pair I liked which were comfortable. So, at age 56 (last year) I decided to investigate laser eye surgery. My partner had his done in 2007 with great success, also, several colleagues had successful treatment. What could go wrong?

I had also undergone tests at another eye clinic and both establishments noted my eyes as very short sighted (-7) but very healthy.

I had iLasik on 7th June 2013 at Optical Express, Within months after surgery, I had flashing in my left eye followed by the presence of loads of floaters. This was investigated by Optical Express and I was told this was due to my being very myopic. My vision was not 20:20 and I was told I would need a top up.

My pre-op assessment on 19 May 2014 showed signs of cataracts in both eyes. The OE optometrist said this was rare, but not caused by the laser wavefront surgery. I have researched this on the internet and now believe both the floaters and cataracts were caused by my surgery - neither of which were mentioned as a risk to me pre surgery.

Optical Express have said they will perform cataract surgery (RLE/refractive lens exchange) free of charge, but I am hesitant to accept this as I think I would get better treatment on the NHS.

Has anyone else had floaters and cataracts after lasik eye surgery?

Who is negligent? 10 Jul 2014 13:53 #116

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I am the signatory on the HITACHI CAPITAL finance agreement for my wife's LASIK surgery which went wrong becauze the surgeon MR LUCA ANTICO cut the flap too deep. Sasha Rodoy is helping me to try to get the agreement cancelled and my payments refunded.

My wife has a number of health problems and was refused surgery by Optical Express, BUT, they told her if she got a letter from her GP then they would do it.



My family are being torn apart because of this problem which should never have happened! I am waiting for Optical Express to give me a copy of the letter my wife's doctor wrote saying she could have surgery and will be giving this to the solicitor. But I think OE should have refused the surgery and NOT asked for a doctor's letter. They could see for themselves that she has problems.

How desperate are OPTICAL EXPRESS for money?!
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Dry Eyes 30 Jun 2014 09:46 #117

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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

Thousands of patients suffer surgery failure. 07 Jun 2014 08:41 #118

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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 #119

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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."
www.centrolaser.net/products.asp?prod=73&cat=0&hierarchy=

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16722493
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2694026/
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14508259


Need I say more?!

DR LUCA ANTICO 06 Jun 2014 10:44 #120

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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!