January 14, 2010

LASIK Surgery Chain in Florida Goes Bankrupt

South Florida Business Journal - by Paul Brinkmann Vision Care Holdings, operator 30 Lasik surgery clinics, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday. The Lake Worth-based company said it has between $50 million and $100 million in debt, and less than $10 million in assets. The company’s once operated more than 90 optical service stores in 30 states, including Vision Care, Eyeglass World and Lasik Institute locations. An attorney for the company, Matt Zifrony, said it sold the Eyeglass World...
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June 15, 2009

Support Dr. Rand Paul for U.S. Senate

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February 03, 2008

Some Link Depression, Failed LASIK

Patients with impaired sight turn suicidal; surgeons reject any connection Sabine Vollmer, Staff Writer Patients who undergo vision-correcting laser eye surgery sign a release form with an extensive list of risks, but some researchers and former patients say a potential complication is not mentioned: depression that can lead to suicide. In response to patient complaints, the Food and Drug Administration plans to convene a large, national study to examine the relationship of lasik complications and quality of life, including psychological...
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September 30, 2007

Eye Surgery Leaves Many with Problems

Of millions of patients, more than a few have serious, lasting complications Sabine Vollmer, Staff Writer Millions of Americans have undergone laser eye surgery to correct bad vision, and along with the procedure’s popularity something else is coming into focus: its hazards. Advertising stresses the surgery’s safety, and most procedures are successful. Tiger Woods, who relies on keen eyesight as the world’s best golfer, pitches it as a quick and painless way to restore sharp vision. Even the U.S. Air...
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March 25, 2005

Singaporeans Reject Lasik in Favor of Neurovision

More myopic Singaporeans resort to Neurovision treatment to achieve better vision Channel NewsAsia Using the novel Neurovision treatment, more myopic Singaporeans are now able to throw away their eyeglasses. The non-invasive treatment has the potential of giving near-perfect vision and is good news for the estimated half-a-million Singaporeans who suffer from low myopia. The treatment "re-programmes" a patient brain to see better, without any surgery. To do that, the patient stares at a computer screen as part of the treatment...
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March 14, 2005

International Refractive Surgery Club: Is it a Front Organization for Questionable Surgeons?

Mission Statement Questionable Surgeon Arrested on Drug Charges The International Refractive Surgery Club is an international organization of the world's leading refractive surgeons. Membership is limited to those Ophthalmic Surgeons who have been chosen by their peers for their proficiency and skill in state-of-the-art methods of surgical correction for myopia (near sightedness), hyperopia (far sightedness), and astigmatism. Membership is granted to those physicians, who have made a significant contribution towards the advancement of refractive surgery through service, creative innovation,...
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January 17, 2005

Keeping Sight of the Risks

Nottingham Evening Post When Dave heard about laser eye surgery he thought he would be finally free of his spectacles. He had been hampered by glasses since he became long-sighted at the age of 18. "It got to the stage where glasses were just getting in the way," said Dave, a keen sportsman. So five years ago, impressed by reports of how laser eye treatment could correct long- and short-sightedness, Dave approached a firm offering the surgery. In 1999, he...
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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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November 23, 2004

Rock Star Unable to Drive at Night Following Lasik

50 things about U2 The New York Post NOW a quarter-century old and with its members well into their 40s, the Irish supergroup U2 is that true rock rarity: a still-intact band that has sold more than 125 million records worldwide and remains consistently relevant. In the past week alone, U2 rocked the opening of the Clinton library, did a three-song set on "Saturday Night Live," and, yesterday, performed a free show for fans in DUMBO to promote their 14th...
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July 27, 2004

Ohio Ophthalmologist Stripped of Gun License

By Jim Phillips The Athens News In a case that is reportedly creating a buzz among local police officers and gun-rights advocates, an Athens doctor who allegedly pulled a gun during a traffic confrontation has had his concealed-carry permit temporarily suspended. "It has been a topic of discussion in the law-enforcement community, and amongst the gun owners," confirmed Jerry Sullivan of Buchtel, who is both a county sheriff's deputy and a supporter of Ohio's new concealed-carry law. Sullivan said the...
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June 24, 2004

LASIK Reduces Supply of Usable Donor Corneas

LASIK may hurt donor corneas Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico) Jackie Jadrnak Journal Staff Writer * Doctor says weakened spot may rip during removal for transplant If you have LASIK surgery to correct your eyesight, a little semicircular line, a sliver of a healed spot, is left behind on your cornea. It's not a big deal. You can function perfectly well with it there. But it could make a difference if you donate your corneas for a transplant after you die....
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May 01, 2004

Oregon Clinic Has Infectious Outbreak for Years: Blames Surgical Gloves

After years of high-incidence DLK at surgical clinic, gloves found to be instigator Matt Young EyeWorld Staff Writer www.eyeworld.org/printarticle.php?id=439 Outbreaks of diffuse lamellar keratitis plagued Drs. Fine, Hoffman, & Packer LLC, Eugene, Ore., from 2000-2003, with the incidence as high as 37% in one three-month period and 85% on one day. After trying to eliminate the problem by switching sterilizers, changing their pre-operative and intra-operative regimen, and troubleshooting in other ways, surgeons there switched glove brands during refractive surgery and...
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March 01, 2004

Loss of Vision Quality Top Complaint of Refractive Patients

Matt Young EyeWorld Staff Writer www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=445 New evidence suggests that the most common complaint among dissatisfied refractive surgery patients is a loss of quality of vision, said Terrence P. O'Brien, M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. However, the management of these complications shouldn't always involve surgery, he said. Sometimes, surgeons should simply wait for technology to advance for certain cases, he said. And while surgeons are already greatly concerned about good...
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February 11, 2004

T.V. Show Compares LASIK surgeons to Online Perverts

`Law & Order' puts Patriot Act on trial Thank heavens for sweeps. Only during these arbitrarily chosen months on Nielsen's calendar do I learn the truth about online perverts and fly-by-night LASIK surgeons on our suddenly perked-up local news. Also, I get to watch episodes of "Law & Order," TV's most efficient recycler of live and late-breaking story lines. Because I prefer the new and different to the old and familiar -- call it an occupational hazard -- I rely...
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January 21, 2004

Dr. William Kellogg Charged With Public Lewdness

Doctor in laser surgery suits charged with lewdness By Karen Mahabir TEANECK - A doctor who was at the center of several lawsuits against Dr. Joseph Dello Russo's high-profile laser eye surgery practice has been arrested on charges of masturbating in a drugstore parking lot. William T. Kellogg was found slumped in the driver's seat of his 2001 BMW outside a Teaneck Road store Saturday afternoon, said Detective Sgt. Michael Falvey. He was charged with lewdness. Kellogg, 57, of Summit,...
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January 01, 2004

TLC Forces New Patients to Waive Legal Remedies

Strategies to Limit LASIK Liability Rich Daly  EyeWorld The latest legal defense against LASIK lawsuits would move cases out of the courtroom and take sky-is-the-limit jury awards off the table. TLC Vision Corp., a major laser vision correction business in North America, has asked those that perform LASIK procedures at its facilities to include mandatory arbitration language as part of their patient informed consent agreements. “I think it’s pretty innovative,” said William F. Sutton, a Philadelphia ophthalmology defense attorney, about...
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December 07, 2003

Lasik Surgeon Says People Who Don't Have LASIK Save Themselves "A Lot of Grief"

Ultimately, Boston doctors may simply reflect the conservative sensibility of their patients. For instance, Boston consistently had among the lowest numbers of volunteers willing to undergo tests of vision correction surgery in the late 1980s and early '90s, recalled Dr. Roger Steinert of Harvard Medical School, who pioneered the highly popular Lasik technique locally. "The patients who would come in for it had to have some willingness to take risks and it has absolutely been my consistent impression that people...
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November 20, 2003

Dr. George Waring Arrested, Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges (Carrying Weapons/Explosives on Aircraft)

  U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta) CRIMINAL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:03-cr-00682-RWS-1 Case title: USA v. Waring  Date Filed: 11/20/2003 Date Terminated: 11/24/2003 Assigned to: Judge Richard W. Story   Defendant (1) George O. Waring, III TERMINATED: 11/24/2003   represented by  Steven Howard Sadow  Law Office of Steven H. Sadow, P.C.  Suite 2502  260 Peachtree Street, N.W.  Atlanta, GA 30303  404-577-1400  Email: steve8300@mindspring.com  TERMINATED: 11/24/2003  LEAD ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED  Designation: Retained   Pending Counts None...
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November 17, 2003

Spooked by Surgery? New Contacts Aim to Correct Myopia While you Sleep

Lenses by Night, Clear Sight by Day Business Week Carol Marie Cropper IMAGINE CONTACT LENSES YOU pop in before going to bed at night and take out -- with clear vision -- in the morning. Sort of like a night brace for the eyes. About 20,000 people have been fitted with the new lenses, called Paragon CRT (Corneal Refractive Therapy), since the Food & Drug Administration approved them last year for reshaping the cornea to correct mild to moderate myopia,...
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September 27, 2003

Prominent Ophthalmologist Arrested on Drug Charges

By J.M. KALIL REVIEW-JOURNAL A prominent ophthalmologist who has performed hundreds of LASIK eye surgeries on Las Vegans has been charged with felony cocaine possession. Dr. Kurt Buzard, owner of the 30,000-square-foot Buzard Eye Institute on West Sahara Avenue, was arrested last week and released from jail on his own recognizance. His arrest came about three weeks after police pulled over Buzard's Mercedes convertible and found more than 2 grams of cocaine in a candy tin inside, according to court...
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August 23, 2003

STAAR Surgical Company Claims Implantable Contact Lenses Safer than Lasik

Ophthalmics device company reports 99.4% patient satisfaction STAAR Surgical Company (STAA) reported that the July/August 2003 edition of the Journal of Refractive Surgery has published the findings of a study comparing the retinal image quality and postoperative aberrations of patients of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with patients that were implanted with STAAR's ICL. The article entitled "Image Quality in Myopic Eyes Corrected with Laser in situ Keratomileusis and Phakic Intraocular Lens" authored by Edwin J. Sarver, PhD, Donald R....
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February 21, 2003

University Partners with Industry to Assist Patients Injured by LASIK

Wendy Lyons Sunshine  Special To Houston Business Journal In the hopes of tossing away their glasses and contact lenses forever, nearly 3 million people have flocked to have LASIK and other vision-correcting procedures done since they first became available in the mid-1990s. Last year alone, over 700,000 people in the United States underwent LASIK says David Harmon, president of Market Scope, a refractive industry tracking newsletter. While the majority of patients report a positive outcome and say they would choose...
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February 01, 2003

Refractive Community Responds to Public Postings of Private Physician Correspondences

Pillsbury & Levinson, LLP press release.Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today recently informed readers that excerpts of private e-mails exchanged between physician members of the International Society for Refractive Surgery (ISRS) had been posted on the public Internet newsgroup alt.lasik-eyes, causing substantial concern among the refractive surgery community. The newsgroup can be accessed by the public from the Web site www.lasikcourt.com by clicking on "Links." ISRS recently provided us with the following statement in response: "It has come to the attention of...
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May 20, 2002

Laser Eye Surgery: Take a Second Look

As its popularity grows, so do post-op problems  Lewis Braham www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_20/b3783110.htm Laser eye surgery has become so routine that ophthalmologists advertise it on billboards and perform the operation at shopping-mall clinics. But the seeming simplicity of the 15-minute procedure to correct nearsightedness can be misleading. In the surgery, called Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK), a laser vaporizes part of the cornea and reshapes it to change the eye's focus. That's not quite as routine as having your teeth cleaned. Some...
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June 12, 2001

Dr. Johnny Gayton Declares LASIK to be Excessively Risky

Ophthalmologists debating safety of Lasik procedure Charlie Lanter The Macon Telegraph A Middle Georgia ophthalmologist raised some patients' - and doctors' - eyebrows recently when he announced his decision to stop offering the popular Lasik vision-correction surgery. Johnny Gayton, owner and chief surgeon for Eyesight Associates, said his practice won't perform most Lasik surgeries because, he maintains, the procedure is too risky. His decision, however, is disputed by other ophthalmologists who say Lasik is safe. "It's probably the safest and...
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June 11, 2001

LASIK Letdown - Surgeons Mute Their Claims of Success as Lawsuits Mount and Authorities Clamp Down

Carla McClain Arizona Daily Star The first signs that something is going wrong with the hottest elective surgery in the United States - LASIK eye surgery - are emerging here and nationwide. A "gold-rush mentality" developing around the quick, pay-up-front surgery to correct nearsightedness and farsightedness is being blamed for a jump in medical malpractice lawsuits filed by dissatisfied - in some cases, devastated - LASIK patients, now estimated at 5 percent of all cases. Among them is a young,...
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