December 29, 2004

New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation Pays Claims for Failed Surgeries

ACC pays out for eye claims Eleven people have been awarded compensation for medical misadventure after laser eye surgery in the past five years. Nineteen claims have been made to the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) between July 1999 and last month by laser eye- surgery patients. Of the 11 claims accepted, patients had variously suffered loss of vision, visual disturbances, damage to their eye by laser, an infection and/or pain. The successful claims equate to about 0.05 per cent of...
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December 27, 2004

Scottish Surgeon: 10% of "Successful" Patients at Risk of Future Complications

Surgeon warns of laser eye cure risks  Expert claims dangers of treatment not made clear  Peter Martell Scotsman http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1465082004 LASER eye surgery firms are underplaying the risks associated with the operation and doing too little research on its long-term effects, a leading Scottish expert has warned.  Dr Alistair Adams, one of Scotland’s most senior ophthalmic surgeons, believes that as many as one in 10 patients who undergo the corrective procedure ‘successfully’ could develop complications in later life.  But Adams, a...
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December 23, 2004

Web Postings: Docs Would Rather Fight than Settle

Illinois Leader SPRINGFIELD - Every year for several years, legislation to identify individual physicians involved in medical malpractice lawsuits has been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly without advancing to a vote. The chief sponsor of the Patient Right-to-Know Act, Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago), has said she plans to reintroduce the bill in 2005. A recent article in the New Jersey Law Journal, highlighting the impact of similar legislation which took effect there in July of this year, may provide...
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December 21, 2004

Fox News Airs Report on Malfunctioning Alcon LadarVision Lasers

Mark Saxenmeyer interviews Dr. Kent Kirk, and Doug Harris, an attorney for EBW, a laser leasing company which is suing Alcon for selling defective LadarVision lasers.  Incriminating documents and a taped telephone conference call with the former of CEO of Alcon, Tim Sear, are presented.  The taped conference call includes conversations with surgeons Dr. Joseph Dello Russo, Dr. David Dulaney, and Dr. Herman Sloane. A copy of the report is available here (96 MB file in MPG format)....
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Ghostbusters Look for Cause of Ectasia

Ectasia after LASIK  Mario Oyarzún MD and Luis Bravo MD  Letter to Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery When we saw the article by Binder, we expected to find the answer to many questions about how to predict the patients at higher risk for developing corneal ectasia after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Perhaps a magical formula would be described. After reading the excellent review by Binder, we see that, unfortunately, the answer to the predictive question still eludes us....
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December 17, 2004

Judge Issues Order to Protect Expert Witness from TLC Intimidation

Decision of Interest; New York Supreme Court, New York County; Justice Schlesinger Schiffer v. Speaker - On September 29, 2000 Mark Schiffer met for the first time with an optometrist, Dr. Regina Zyszkowski, to determine whether he was a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery. He wore glasses at the time. Dr. Zyszkowski was an employee of Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick and Associates. She performed various tests on Mr. Schiffer's eyes, including a keratometry, a topography and a slit lamp exam....
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December 06, 2004

Eye Surgery Deemed Too Risky for NHS

Watchdog says the chances of damage in treatment do not justify widespread use By Sam Lister MOVES to make laser eye surgery available on the NHS are likely to be blocked by the Government’s clinical watchdog amid growing concerns over its long-term safety for patients. A year-long review by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) into the procedure known as Lasik, which is currently available only at private clinics, has concluded that current evidence on the treatment’s safety does...
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December 03, 2004

Dr. Nicholas Caro Sued for Medical Malpractice by "N.K."

Plaintiff claimed that after undergoing LASIK surgery on her right eye on April 30, 1999, she experienced difficulties with a serious candida fungal infection which she followed-up with him on several occasions, which consisted of cap cleanings, prescription of several antibiotics and a steroid, until the following June 11th, her last visit. She subsequently had to undergo a corneal transplant.
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December 01, 2004

Man Suffers Retinal Detachments in Both Eyes Following Lasik

Bilateral serous macular detachment following laser in situ keratomileusis American Journal of Ophthalmology Volume 138, Issue 6, December 2004, Pages 1069-1071 Arun Singhvi MD, Mayank Dutta MBBS, Namrata Sharma MD, Nikhil Pal MD and Rasik B. Vajpayee MS, FRCSEd,  Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. Purpose To report a case of bilateral serous macular detachment following laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Design Observational case report. Methods A 33-year-old man presented with...
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