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Who is negligent? 10 Jul 2014 13:53 #121

  • Saul Chacon
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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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I NEED GLASSES AGAIN 04 Jul 2014 09:04 #122

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i had idesign Lasik in Nottingham last week (24th June) after having done a decent level of research - mainly comparing the different companies and processes.

My prescription was -4.5 in my right eye, -3.75 in the left.

At my 24hr checkup my vision was great - able to read the 4/4 line. Over the next 5 days though my near vision got worse - still see well into the distance.

At my 7 day checkup i was told I had been 'over corrected' and both eyes were about +1 (described by the optometrist as a minor over correction). I was (and still am) a little shell shocked by this so didn't really ask any questions other than 'can it be put right' which i was told it can be by having a corrective (second) procedure in 3-6 months when the eyes have healed and settled down.

I was not offered (nor did I ask for) an explanation of how this could have happened - though I expect 'healing' to be the answer.

I don't, at the moment, have any other problems (touch wood I never will).

If I had known this would be the outcome (and yes I did read all the disclaimer and understood it could happen) I wouldn't have had it done. The implication through all the marketing is that errors and post op problems are rare, though now I have done deeper investigation clearly it is not that rare.

Over the last 48 hours I have discovered this website and facebook page and have scared myself to death with the stories on there - i feel for the people involved.

My question is - how should i proceed from here ? Should I request a meeting to explain to me what has happened, or my medical notes from OE in Nottingham ? Should I have the second process or live with being long sighted (which is far worse then being short sighted I must say). Are the risks associated with a second procedure greater than or the same as the first ? If my eyes did 'over heal' how come its exactly the same in both eyes ?

The general thread seems to be people mistrust OE - as do I now, but is there anyone with experience of a second procedure within 6 months ?

6 surgeries = glasses, headaches and sickness! 02 Jul 2014 15:58 #123

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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 #124

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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 #125

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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 #126

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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 #127

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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 #128

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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 #129

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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)?
www.opticalexpressruinedmylife.co.uk/ind...mitomycin-c-mmc.html

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

Wish I had :blink:

DR LUCA ANTICO 05 Jun 2014 22:27 #130

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I just booked lasek with this surgeon :(