November 14, 2008

Restraining Orders Issued Against Valley Eye Center

Las Vegas Now Eyewitness News

A judge has just signed an order to stop the practice of medicine at the Valley Eye Center. The Channel 8 I-Team was the first to expose allegations of medical malpractice at the Lasik center where people say their sight was ruined.

A judge approved a petition from the state medical board seeking temporary restraining orders and injunctions against the clinic.

When the I-Team first examined Valley Eye back in May, we learned the state medical board has been investigating the center for more than nine months. Friday it took legal action against the clinic and against all of the doctors associated with it.

The District Court order suspends the medical licenses of Valley Eye surgeons Doctors Stella Dhou, Paul Cutarelli and Valley Eye owner Dr. Anamika Jain. The board has also accused Jain's husband, clinic administrator Dr. Vikas Jain of practicing medicine without a license. He's alleged to have provided the pre-operative and post-operative care at the clinic.

The court order now prevents him from treating patients.

According to the board's petition, 30 people claim to have suffered vision damage as the result of their Lasik procedures at Valley Eye.

"Any time you have the unlicensed practice of medicine, from the Board of Medical Examiners perspective, that's a terrible thing. It's even worse in this particular case with the huge number of patients we are receiving complaints from. This is a terrible situation," said Louis Ling with the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners.

The court issued that order temporarily suspending the practice of medicine at the clinic.

The I-Team also spoke with Dr. Jain. Though he has previously denied the allegations against him and the clinic, he had no comment. He deferred comment to a spokesperson that was not available for comment.

Also Friday the State Optometry Board decided to proceed with its case against Valley Eye Optometrist Dr. Elise Millie.

Posted by Admin at November 14, 2008 01:25 PM