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TOPIC: BBC News & Press

CTV News 18 Jan 2019 19:38 #21

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To be clear (unlike my vision!), regardless of how primitive RK now looks, the post op problems mentioned in this Canadian TV News broadcast are similar to those untold thousands of us suffer after lasik and lasek/PRK!


www.ctvnews.ca/health/every-day-he-regre...by-suicide-1.4256447

And sooner or later, similar critiicisms will be made about the procedures now being promoted as revolutionary, when the tens of thousands of damaged patients worldwide are finally allowed a voice to match that so readily given to the industry by the press and media!

As one damaged person says in this news report, 'The biggest mistake of my life... the benefits never outweighed the risks!'

My sentiments exactly :kiss:
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Mail Online 16 Jan 2019 20:10 #22

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My response when I read the Mail Online article earlier today is unpublishable :kiss:

Investigated and written by Jo Macfarlane, the Mail on Sunday published two stories in 2017 exposing Dr Bobby Qureshi, disgraced purveyor of ‘miracle eye surgery', with a third related story on 5 January.

I am therefore shocked and disgusted that they have published a blatant advertorial for more claimed but unproven ‘miracle’ eye surgery!

This was the Express headline promoting Bobby Qureshi in April 2017...



'June’s eye surgeon Bobby Qureshi, who pioneered the new technology at the London Eye Hospital, said he was amazed by the success of the operation.

He said: “When I tested her eyes after the operation, I nearly fell off my chair. The improvement was astonishing.”

“This is so exciting. Up to 20 million patients worldwide could benefit. It can give back life to people who could no longer do normal everyday things.
"'
www.express.co.uk/news/uk/789605/June-Br...e-surgery-60-seconds

And Mail Online today...



"Medical breakthrough as lawyer, 49, is the first person in the UK to have 'miracle' cataract surgery which has completely fixed his eyesight

• It involves inserting a sort of permanent but removable contact lens
[Surely an oxymoron?]

The operation fixed both his far and close vision and is partly reversible. [If it's miracle surgery why would it need to be reversible?]

'I wasn't blind by any stretch of the imagination,' he told MailOnline. 'But I was extremely frustrated by constantly needing glasses, which I didn’t like, and not being able to wear contacts.'

His surgeon, Rakesh Jayaswal of LaserVision, replaced the lens at the back of Mr Higgins's eye – as in a normal lens replacement operation – because he was developing the early signs of a cataract.

The 10-minute procedure combines this revolutionary new lens with traditional cataract surgery to correct both long and short-sightedness in one go.

The company pioneering the operation says the scientific advance 'could help millions of people' as an alternative to laser eye surgery.
"
www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-63728...ataract-surgery.html

The press and media have so much to answer for.

Trying to find out the cost of their new ‘miracle’ cataract surgery - sold to people WITHOUT cataracts - I called LaserVision in Manchester.

Is that LaserVision, story about Rakesh Jayaswal and Trifocal Duet lenses in The Mail today?

'No idea.' said the woman who answered my call.

'Is your clinic called LaserVision?’ I asked.

'Ummmm, not sure. I’ve only been here a week. Let me ask someone.'

You couldn’t make it up!

Advised that LaserVision's ophthalmologist in Manchester is Mr Arun Brahma, I called his secretary, who also had no idea of the cost, and said I should call Rakesh Jayaswal’s secretary at LaserVision in Guildford.

So I spoke with Kirsty, saying that I was simply interested in the cost of the Trifocal Duet procedure (and to be fair no-one tried to pressure me into booking), who immediately told me the cost, £4,495 per eye.

I said I was a bit concerned as I'd had been told by other clinics that you should be aged over 50 for this procedure...

Out of her comfort zone, Kirsty replied, ‘Obviously this gentleman, Mr Higgins, is only one year under that… umm… obviously every person that came in, it would be a personal consultation… ummm, I... I… obviously, if he was happy to do the procedure on him if he was under 50…

Obviously!

I think most of you will agree that the press and media are far from innocent, regularly providing free publicity for greedy and immoral snake oil salesmen, while ignoring the massive scandal of the many thousands of unsuspecting and trusting patients damaged by non-essential laser and lens implant surgery.

After the flurry of publicity following Jessica Starr’s tragic suicide in December, how many more deaths will it take for the press and media to finally acknowledge what this unregulated industry is doing to people?

Time they listened to the victims, not the profiteers!

Meanwhile, I'm sure it's just a matter of time before I'm contacted by unhappy LaserVision patients complaining about their 'miracle cataract surgery' results!
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BBC News - Oculentis 14 Jan 2019 21:04 #23

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For anyone who missed the BBC News broadcast, the following is taken from the online report :kiss:



'Denise Di Battista claims she has "blind patches" in her right eye.

The BBC has been told that there have been 800 cases of patients in the UK experiencing "opacification" of a particular implanted Oculentis lens.

Opacification is a known risk of this surgery, can occur with any intraocular lens and can have multiple causes.

Denise Di Battista is a landscape painter and her sight is both her life and her livelihood.



Denise says she was devastated when she learned the problem was possibly caused by an issue with the lens.

"I was very, very shocked. When I came out of the consulting room, my daughter was waiting for me and she said I looked white."

The lenses Denise received were made by European manufacturer Oculentis.

Reports began to emerge that a small number of patients who had received a particular lens were experiencing what is known as opacification, a cloudiness in their vision, caused by calcium deposits.

Oculentis investigated and identified the problem as possibly being the result of an interaction between phosphate crystals used in the hydration process and silicone residues on the lens.

The company says there is evidence some people may be predisposed to this problem or that certain medication can be a factor.

Oculentis decided to advise providers to return affected batches of the type of lens Denise had been given. There is no suggestion that any Oculentis lenses currently available are affected.

Leading eye surgeon Sheraz Daya, who has tried to help patients like Denise, told the BBC: "A percentage of lenses have deposits of calcium on the surface that only become evident five to seven years later, when they accumulate enough to obscure their vision.

"It is understandably devastating for patients who thought they were done and dusted for life and didn't anticipate an issue with the lens."

Oculentis says the only way to correct the problem is to replace the lenses and has paid for surgeons like Sheraz Daya to do this. Thus far about half of those affected have had their lenses replaced.

Around half a million people have cataract surgery each year, making it the most commonly performed operation in the UK.

There are an estimated 800 cases from the affected batches of Oculentis lenses which have led to problems with opacification, a very small proportion of the total.

In a statement, Oculentis told the BBC: "We regret if any patients have experienced complications following the implant of one of our lenses.

"Opacification, or clouding of the lens, is a known risk of lens eye surgery and can be caused by a number of factors interacting, which are not necessarily attributable to the lens itself.

"The incidence rate is extremely low. It can be effectively remedied through lens exchange surgery, which is a safe and well-established procedure.

"Anyone experiencing any vision impairment should consult their surgeon or clinic who will be able to diagnose the cause and recommend an appropriate course of action, otherwise there is no need for any concern.
"'
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46433900

Of course I'm thrilled that the UK press and media are finally focusing on the refractive surgery industry, but what's notably missing from this BBC report is the fact that many - if not most - of these lenses were sold to people who DID NOT have cataracts!

Still a long way to go...
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The Mail on Sunday - Bobby Qureshi 07 Jan 2019 15:50 #24

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This news is a great start to 2019 :kiss:


www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-65608...aces-struck-GMC.html

And I promise you, Bobby Qureshi is just the tip of the iceberg, with so much more yet to be publicised about the unregulated refractive eye surgery industry, rife with corruption at so many levels!
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The Sun 28 Dec 2018 18:01 #25

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A few minor inaccuracies, but overall The Sun has published an informative article that will help generate more publicity about this unregulated and corrupt industry :kiss:





www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/8000667/when-l...e-surgery-goes-wrong

With so many thousands of eyes and lives ruined it’s time that the government listened to us as our numbers grow every week!
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Suicides after laser eye surgery 17 Dec 2018 18:11 #26

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These are just the ones we know about, because I have no doubt that there are many more suicides as a result of refractive eye surgery that have gone undocumented, both in the UK and US - and anywhere else in the world where these ops are performed!

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-64974...-driven-suicide.html

Over the last 7 years so many people who have contacted me for help have told me they wanted to kill themselves, unable to cope with the damage to their eyes, the pain, and all that comes with it... telling me they feel so stupid for having done this.

But my reply is always the same - you are not stupid, and it is NOT YOUR FAULT!

You (like me) trusted the surgeon to do you no harm, not realising that these greedy unethical surgeons put financial gain ahead of patient care!

And it has to stop :kiss:

NB: I also advise people to PLEASE ask their GP for antidepressants in the short term.
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US TV presenter Jessica Starr 14 Dec 2018 17:47 #27

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No words... only tears for Jessica Starr who committed suicide yesterday, unable to live with the post op problems (including dry eyes) that she suffered as a result of laser eye surgery in October ????


www.facebook.com/100003049068810/posts/1736470039797948/

The truth of the high percentage of people damaged by unregulated refractive surgery already being downplayed by the industry and regurgitated by the press...

According to the American Refractive Surgery Council, an organization comprised of industry representatives and medical professionals, more than 19 million LASIK procedures have been performed in the last 20 years, and “the risk of significant, sight-threatening LASIK complications is an extremely low 1 percent.”’
deadline.com/2018/12/detroit-meteorologi...ications-1202519512/
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Paul Fitzpatrick suicide 03 Dec 2018 00:13 #28

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The Mail's account has more detail, but I am sickened to read some of the readers comments below it!

There's a long way to go before people realise that problems like Paul's after refractive surgery are NOT RARE :kiss:



www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6445427...ser-eye-surgery.html

Click on CTV NEWS link to watch video report...
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Another tragedy! 02 Dec 2018 17:30 #29

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When will the government take us seriously :kiss:


www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dad-takes-...after-laser-13671675

• Journalist Grace Witherden refers to 'PKR' when it is in fact PRK, similar to Lasek.
• Corneal neuralgia is definitely NOT rare after laser eye surgery!
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The Times online 23 Jul 2018 17:47 #30

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Although amended, The Times has not corrected or apologised for their statement that it is prohibited, and a breach of the General Medical Council rules, for the 'application of laser' to be performed by medically non-qualified assistants.


To be clear, it is irrefutably illegal for anyone who is not a GMC registered doctor to perform surgical operations!

Page 3, para 8, from the Accuvision consent form signed by Geg Brady...


And whilst I doubt that anyone in their right mind would wittingly allow a medically non-qualified person to operate on them, such a person would have no indemnity policy should anything go wrong, as it so spectacularly and tragically did for Greg Brady!

And I’m guessing that a conviction for a person fraudulently passing themselves off as a surgeon and illegally operating on humans would carry an even lengthier prison sentence than the 3 years Patrick Keniry received for passing himself off as a veterinary surgeon and operating on animals.
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-41649840
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4989164...ersonating-vets.html

And any surgeon insane and/or greedy enough to risk destroying his career by colluding with such a fantasist - allowing themselves to be named as the operating surgeon on medical records for instance - would not only be erased from the GMC register so no longer able to practice in the UK, but would also face criminal charges of conspiracy.

Andrew Ellson’s article states that, 'Accuvision declined the opportunity to discuss Mr Brady’s case, saying it did not want to “infringe our duties of confidentiality”.’

I can assure you that Greg Brady provided Accuvision owner Daryus Panthakey with full authority to discuss his case with The Times, emailed and texted from his own accounts in response to a text message from Daryus on 11 July asking for his permission to do so.

Yet even so, Daryus saw fit to instruct TWO different legal firms, over two days, to argue that Greg’s consent was inadequate!

The first solicitor even asked journalist Andrew Ellson for verification of his identity, claiming that his Times email address appeared ‘unusual’!

A lot of time and money spent on delaying tactics that happily didn't succeed in stopping this article going to press.

And I can assure you that this is far from the end of Greg's story :kiss:
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