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My experience with Drs. Herbert Nevyas and Anita Nevyas-Wallace (Nevyas Eye Associates), the doctors who damaged my eyes.
This section provides information:
Regarding their investigational study (before, during, and after) and what I believe to include improper use of a laser under an IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) - Please see the Nevyas Eye Associates section of this site.
As noted by several renowned LASIK doctors the Nevyases Deviation from Standard of Care;
On the threats and intimidation to shut down my websites and the legal battle to retain my free speech rights.Read more...
Refractive Surgery Shock Syndrome (RSSS)
The Psychological Effects of LASIK Complications
The psychological impact of a bad refractive surgery can be devastating.
This updated version of the 2003 presentation, prepared by Roger Davis, PhD. Mr. Davis is a Psychologist; Damaged LASIK patient; Co-author of over 20 articles, chapters, and books in clinical psychology; and Founder of VisionSimulations.com. He tells of The Psychological Effects of LASIK Complications.
Submitted to the FDA's Ophthalmic Panel on April 25, 2008, the presentation I believe is more believable and accurate than what the FDA and refractive industry claims.(May take a few minutes to load in new window) Read more...
Although the marketing of LASIK focuses on quality of life, informed consent does not. Instead, the real risks are hidden in medical jargon that never mentions their true effects, particularly severe depression and suicidal ideation.
Right now, there are many Lasik casualties worldwide struggling to...
Cope with depression and suicidal ideation, medical disease syndromes not explicitly mentioned on their informed consent.
Cope with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders.
Cope with their surgeons telling them that nothing is wrong with their eyes.
Cope with "second opinions" designed to protect their surgeon from legal problems.
Find a hard contact lens to fit their irregular corneas, often spending thousands and thousands of dollars hunting for a suboptimal solution.
Cope with the possibility of losing their jobs, homes, or spouses because of sudden, permanent visual loss.
Cope with three, four, or five complications at the same time.
LIGHTING There are many ways to light your home, from the conventional light bulb to fluorescent and halogen. I found halogen to be the most costly and fluorescent to be somewhat effective. Still not the same as natural daylight. I did purchase a light from a local hydroponics store which proved quite effective, however, it is a 1,000 watt light bulb (ballast required) which did increase my electric bill. There is a growing number of companies offering lighting simular to natural daylight. One such company, DaylightCompany offers all types of lighting, and in fact states many uses for their lighting especially for those with low vision. I've seen these lights, and I believe they would be beneficial to anyone with visual aberrations.
TELEVISION HD! What a difference! The glare and ghosting are almost non-existing with this type TV compared to analog! SPECIALTY LENSES
There ARE alternatives for those who may not want surgery and those with post refractive complications.
As an alternative to not risking your eyes to surgery, Paragon CRT® lenses reshapes your corneas while you sleep!
For those with Post-refractive complications, SynergEyes offers lenses that have been praised by both patients and practitioners.
For more information on these lenses and more, please... Read more...
Dr. Edward Boshnick maintains a cutting edge practice devoted to the restoration of vision and comfort lost as a result of
refractive eye surgery (including LASIK and Radial Keratotomy), keratoconus, corneal transplant surgery, pellucid marginal degeneration, extreme dry eye, corneal dystrophies, corneal trauma and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
Specializing in contact lens care, children's vision, orthokeratology and vision care for the partially sighted (low vision). Dr. Boshnick has been a clinical investigator for both the FDA and several major contact lens manufacturers for over 20 years. Dr. Boshnick has also lectured extensively and authored a number of professional articles dealing with contact and scleral lenses and orthokeratology.
How best to treat a patient who has suffered vision loss due to LASIK, RK or some other surgical procedure depends on a number of factors. Some of the symptoms and issues facing the doctor and patient included but are not limited to the following:
Reduced best corrected visual acuity
Irregular or distorted corneas
Open wounds and/or weakened corneal flap
Higher order aberrations
Decentered optic zones
Extremely dry eye
Ocular pain and headaches
Reduced contrast sensitivity
Dramatically reduced night vision
Visual phenomena such as glare, flare, halos around lights, starbursts
Overcorrection of the pre-surgical refractive error
Emotional issues due to many of the above factors
At the present time there is no cure for many of the above. However, there are a number of specialized lenses now available that will allow post-surgical patients to function on a much higher level with a much greater level of comfort. While there are a number of soft lens and gas permeable lens designs included in the "specialized lens" category, I have come to rely on two major lens designs to address the vision and comfort issues that most post-refractive surgical patients are facing. These lens designs are the new Synergeyes Post-Surgical Lens and Post-Surgical Scleral Lenses.
Many LASIK casualties lose more than 'Just Their Eyesight'...
This section emphasizes the safety aspect of Refractive Surgery. Doctors reusing Microkeratome blades on multiple patients, 'The LASIK Report', from casualties' perspective, and more...
THE LASIK REPORT
A Call for the Discontinuation of a Harmful Procedure
LASIK is one of the most commonly performed elective surgeries in the United States today. The public perception of LASIK is based largely on advertising, which is intended to entice patients to have surgery without disclosing risks, side effects and contraindications.
The perceived benefits of LASIK surgery are obvious, whereas risks and adverse effects are not. It is unwise to assume that a surgeon who has a financial interest in a patient’s decision to have LASIK will provide adequate informed consent.
LASIK is irreversible and may result in long-term, debilitating complications. There are permanent adverse effects of LASIK in 100% of cases, even in the absence of clinically significant complications. This is unacceptable in the context of an elective surgery when safer alternatives such as glasses or contact lenses exist.
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On April 25th, 2008, the FDA help an open public meeting with their Ophthalmic Panel to address 'Quality of Life' issues after Refractive Surgery. Among the presenters were Gerry Dorrian, whose son commited suicide in 2007 as a result of his complications. Joseph Schnell help up charts depicting his distorted vision.
The 'positive side' was shown as well. The military spoke stating this was one of the best procedures available for those in the field. Doctors brought in patients portraying lasik as a miracle.
The panel was made aware that refractive surgery had a complication rate of about 5%. Think about it: If 1 million people had the procedure done, then that means roughly 50,000 (5%) were damaged! Majority rules though, so 50,000 damaged lasik-induced people doesn't mean anything to the FDA. What about 5 million? That would make 250,000 people with complications! When I hear that the FDA is influenced by financial interest, you get no argument, especially since I've seen how they work!!!
As the FDA wants information on quality of life, I say give it to them. Anyone who's had a complication from refractive surgery please send them your story. Let them know what your life is like now. I would like a copy also because I simply don't trust them!
Throughout all of this, maybe the FDA can answer a simple question:
At what point does 'Quality of Life' matter more than the almighty dollar?
Many of you who have contacted me through my website have asked for help because of your complications. PLEASE, this is very important to set the facts somewhat straight by letting them know the EXACT figures. Please file an 'Adverse Event Report' (Medwatch) on the FDA's website. PLEASE NOTE: Based on my experience and that of others, their Contact Form or Email WILL NOT guarantee that the information is properly filed or acknowledged.
The FDA and LasersSome Lasers Just Don't Cut It... The FDA has been very 'choosy' as to what actions they took against SOME in the LASIK industry regarding 'Black Box' Lasers.
Debris After LASIKLASIK Blade Leaves Metal Under Flap Some patients have reported large chunks of metal in their corneas after lasik.
Flap disintegrates during liftingSeemingly Harmless, And Yet... Others have reported the LASIK flap lost, missing (found on the floor), or stuck to the microkeratome blade.