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BBC Panorama 16 Feb 2017 20:42 #21

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But this is my dream - that I need your help to make come true :kiss:

Write to Panorama and tell them what happened to you - if you told them a year ago, tell them again!!
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Tell them about the problems you’ve suffered, the withdrawal of lifetime aftercare/free eye tests, or if you were lucky enough not to have surgery, OE’s refusal to refund your deposit...

If you need eye drops for the rest of your life, or had a lens explant with the NHS, suffer with depression, lost your job/home/relationship because of this, tell Panorama - now!
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No matter what your complaint, it all helps build a picture for the producers to understand what's going on here!

Panorama should ask the government why they ignore us, why THREE health ministers have avoided meeting with me since 2013...

And why the GMC and Royal College of Ophthalmologists do nothing - in full knowledge that many thousands of patients continue to have their eyes and lives ruined by this unregulated and corrupt industry - while they stand arm in arm with unrepentant surgeons responsible for causing so much harm to so many of their trusting patients!

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Zembla Dutch video w subtitles 14 Feb 2017 14:27 #22

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The Zembla NPO TV documentary (broadcast in Holland on 21 December 2016) now available with subtitles!


zembla.vara.nl/dossier/uitzending/dry-eyed

A warning that should be heeded by anyone in Holland considering laser eye surgery - and by anyone watching elsewhere, because the problems with all refractive eye surgery procedures are the same in any country where they are performed!

Plenty of reference to Optical Express (no longer trading in Holland) - but disappointingly no acknowledgement of OERML or the UK campaign for government regulation of this scandalous industry!

Other than that, my only criticism concerns the statement from the commentator @ 12.51 mins, claiming that, “eye lasering is purely cosmetic”.

For the last few years I have fought vehemently against anyone describing refractive eye surgery as cosmetic.

IT IS NOT! It is serious and invasive surgery that can leave a person blind at worst :kiss:

And while many people do have this surgery for ‘cosmetic reasons’ (because they don’t like wearing glasses), the surgery itself is certainly NOT a ‘cosmetic’ procedure.

And for thousands of damaged patients I have personally spoken to over the years (me included) the purpose was definitely not ‘cosmetic', but for convenience and practical reasons.

You cannot possibly compare laser eye surgery with a breast implant or facelift - wonky boobs or an overly stretched smile do not come close to damaged vision, and I defy anyone to find me a refractive surgeon who would take kindly to being described as a ’cosmetic surgeon’!
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A Spokesman Said 19 Jan 2017 18:15 #23

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Published today :kiss:



www.aspokesmansaid.com/healthcare/storie...surgery-for-10-years

Please post your comments on 'A Spokesman Said', and OERML (link below), if you have similarly been refused the free lifetime aftercare and/or eye tests you were promised when you bought surgery from Optical Express!
www.opticalexpressruinedmylife.co.uk/ind...etime-guarantee.html
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Dutch TV documentary 23 Dec 2016 03:26 #24

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Watch the Zembla documentary here - without subtitles, but enough English spoken to understand its gist...
www.npo.nl/zembla/21-12-2016/VARA_101380434

Listen out for references to Optical Express and Steven Schallhorn :kiss:

Morris Waxler was the FDA official responsible for approving laser devices in the US, but subsequently announced that this was based on flawed and misleading information.

'The FDA looked at how well patients could read the eye chart in the short-term but dismissed troubling surgical effects such as persistent night vision problems and chronic dry eyes.'
lasikscandal.com/What/Who-Is-Morris-Morris Waxler

Interviewed for Zembla, Morris says that the FDA was assured that post op problems were temporary and would go away.

Exactly what I was told almost 6 years ago - lies, lies, lies!!

In 2011 the ASCRS vociferously attacked Dr Waxler's claims - as of course they would with their sickly overfed cash cow under threat!
www.eyeworld.org/article-ascrs-responds-...critic-morris-waxler

Dutch radio... 22 Dec 2016 07:19 #25

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More media coverage in Holland after last night's Zembla TV documentary :kiss:

Pay attention Royal College of Ophthalmologists!!

'There is no national database in which complications after laser eye surgeries [can] be tracked.'

According to Peter Ringens, the chairman of the Dutch Ophthalmic Company (YET), should the education in the Netherlands can be improved. “This ask really for more research. It calls for better data on the actual situation in the year 2016.'"

hoholok.com/ooglaserklinieken-warn-patie...r-severe-nerve-pain/

Professor Peter Ringens at UMC Maastricht 'is shocked by the findings.'
www.nporadio1.nl/nos-radio-1-journaal/on...g-geven-over-laseren

Dutch TV documentary tomorrow - 21 December! 20 Dec 2016 08:16 #26

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'ZEMBLA examine what are the risks of LASIK eye surgery and patients are fully informed about it?'
Wednesday 21 December @ 21:15 at VARA on NPO2.
Research: Suzan Borst
Directed by: Ton van der Ham


A few months ago Michael Brouwer asked me if I would talk to Zembla researcher Suzan Borst with regard to a planned Dutch TV documentary about Lasik.

Stressing the fact that post op problems affect ALL refractive eye surgery, not only Lasik, I provided Suzan with details of patients damaged at Optical Express clinics in Holland (now closed) and copies of internal documentation, which included email exchanges between Stephen Hannan, surgeons Jan Venter and Erik de Koning, and other staff at the Optical Express Amsterdam clinic.

These emails contain shocking details of an outbreak of serious problems suffered by a number of patients operated on at the Amsterdam clinic over a two day period.

NB: These have not been used by Zembla so I will publish in due course :kiss:

Although tonight's documentary primarily focuses on Lasik and the US, they have included an interview with one Dutch OE patient. And Suzan assured me that contact details for OERML will be published on the NPO website after broadcast.

[Google translation]
'GP Michael Brouwer wears glasses but he finds it more pleasant without, so he let his eyes lasered. After surgery, he has so much pain that he does not know how he continues to live. It feels like there continuously pricked with a knife in his eyes. Brewer appears to have developed nerve pain, a rare but highly debilitating complication, which he had not been warned.
Worldwide millions of people leave their laser eyes. LASIK method is most popular in the Netherlands because you can work almost immediately after this short intervention and driving and you do not have post-operative pain.
With LASIK, a flap cut into the cornea. In addition, many nerves are cut. That usually goes well. According to a study by the ooglaserindustrie even 95.4 percent of patients satisfied. Information leaflets report that potential side effects such as dry eyes or seeing dazzling circles or stripes around light sources over time disappear. But internationally there is a large group of patients who claim to have terrible pain and dry eyes kept from LASIK
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zembla.vara.nl/dossier/uitzending/met-droge-ogen

Congratulations to Michael Brouwer for getting this documentary made... slowly but surely the scandalous truth will out!

And as soon as the documentary is available online (hopefully with English translation) I will post the link!

OE cites ‘negative press’ as turnover slides 15 Oct 2016 10:55 #27

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admin: The article in question :kiss:
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2896410...t-lens-implants.html

Original Daily Mail headline...



The Mail story followed Daniel Boffey's front page & double page spread in The Observer...




Also online in The Guardian...
www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/03/...-but-all-blurred-now
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US TV exposé... 19 Sep 2016 22:22 #28

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Same lies told by businessmen aka refractive surgeons worldwide...

Sickening and fraudulent :kiss:

Which? Sept 2016 11 Sep 2016 14:37 #29

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Presumably OE store staff have been preoccupied chasing fat sales commissions by converting specs buyers to more profitable eye surgery customers, because the September edition of Which? magazine has Optical Express rated as the WORST opticians - even Tesco beat them!!

'Specsavers came near the middle of the table with a customer score of 72%. But Tesco Opticians, Scrivens and Optical Express got our worst customer scores, with the lowest at 59%.'
www.which.co.uk/news/2014/06/which-revea...ek_s4CFcUp0wodhhkPMg



And I predict it can only get worse for OE :kiss:
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Envoye Special, France - October 2015 21 Jul 2016 19:44 #30

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admin wrote: This French documentary reports a mirror image of what's happening in the UK, Ireland, US, Spain, Holland, India - and in every other country where refractive surgery is performed...

Thanks Sasha for sharing this video.
Here in France too a lot of patients develop complications after their eye lasik surgery.
We are trying to warn of the urgent need to regulate refractive eye surgery.
Legally this procedure is described as ‘comfort' surgery, so there is no concern for benefits/risks.
The industry claims 100% success but what about the high % of patients with bad outcomes?
They are ignored by all surgeons and industry bosses of laser eye surgery in total contempt of the Hippocratic Oath not to injure anybody.

OERML & My Beautiful Eyes Foundation rely on your support to expose the horrors of this unregulated industry.

Your help is very much appreciated!

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