"Sasha Rodoy, 61, who has been campaigning for better regulation of the corrective surgery industry, said: ‘The only reason anybody should have these operations is if it is the only option that will stop them going blind. They are just not safe.’
A spokesman for Oculentis confirmed the firm had received four ‘incident reports’ from the MHRA.
Blindness fears over eye surgery at High St clinic: Patients 'left with worse sight after lens implants'
• Safety concerns raised over replacement lens used by Optical Express
• Manufacturers Oculentis and Optical Express both deny fault with lens
• Used in procedure called refractive lens exchange to fix minor problems
“Since launching my campaign in 2012 I have been contacted by thousands of people with problems caused by laser eye surgery across the industry, but in 2014 the numbers with problems with replacement lenses rocketed,” said Sasha Rodoy, who runs the website Optical Express Ruined My Life, and who is campaigning for tighter regulation.
“For three years I have ensured that health secretary Jeremy Hunt was aware of the serious problems within this industry, but only after increased pressure did the health minister Dan Poulter recently agree to meet with me on 20 January. I hope now they listen.”
'According to Optical Express, what resulted from operations on Jackson’s eyes in August and September – while acknowledging “an issue with high-order aberrations” such as haloes and poor night vision – was “a very good ocular outcome.”'*
"The multibillion-pound corrective eye surgery industry has been thrust into the spotlight as regulators announced they were investigating claims that a new artificial lens implanted into the eyes of thousands of patients had caused serious loss of vision."
"After facing a flurry of cattiness when she appeared a little bedraggled, with heavily smudged black make-up, at the GQ awards in September, the TV star breezily tweeted: “Oh my. They’re not wrong. Eyeliner going in the bin.”
Yet on Sunday at the Baftas, despite her £525 Alice Temperley gown, fans couldn’t help but notice that her eyes were looking panda-ish again.
Now the 42-year-old Strictly Come Dancing presenter has revealed just how this kind of things seems to happen.
In a statement to BBC Radio 4 'You & Yours' on 18 December, the Optical Express spokesman did what PR companies are paid vast sums of money to do - twisted the facts so they bore no resemblance to the truth!
They said: " A number of OE employees have contacted Facebook, the ICO, and Police, regarding unacceptable online communications... rcvd by, or referring to them... (including) a photograph of a head of a slaughtered pig... insults, false allegations, and the posting of personal details, such as tel numbers and a link to their home address."
In fact, the only home address I have ever seen posted on OERML (not Facebook) was a screenshot from the College of Optometrists website, detailing Stephen Hannan's home address as his "Practice 2" address. (Topic: Ex OE employee: ask me a question! 25 Mar 2014 12:30)
The only phone numbers published on OERML and/or Facebook are OE employees' work numbers, included in any OE correspondence sent via email and letter.
And the "head of a slaughtered pig's head" photo that so upset Stephen Hannan was a joke, as can be seen below.
The PR statement spun it to sound like Marlon Brando had been involved.
OE saw me outside the Harley Street clinic that morning, which is why their PR company swung into action with their statement only minutes before the broadcast, ensuring I had no time to respond, even though they'd had days to comment!
As for opinions from the 'media lawyer'; programme producer, Rob Cave, confirmed that he knew nothing about OERML and had never seen this website!