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ON MY WAY BACK 18 May 2014 11:07 #311

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Last week I had an explant in one eye performed by an independent surgeon and am gradually recovering.

The lens the surgeon took out was a cheap bit of plastic - a sort of Chinese copy!

He has kept it and I have OE's original paperwork stating the exact brand they were going to fit, which was not that.

Every stage of my treatment was mismanaged and not one of them has a leg to stand on.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) 01 May 2014 19:44 #312

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This is like white and black magic.

White magic is cataract surgery. It helps and the result is highly appreciated.

Black magic is RLE. Unnecessary surgery performed on perfectly healthy eyes for entirely wrong reason - financial gain.

Unethical, disappointing, harmful, irresponsible, debilitating, ageing.

An implant/lens can be used in many ways - reception-projection! Excellent idea to be combined with microchips, micro-camera to have you always under control, always traceable, this tiny red dot moving on the GPS grid...

Think about it ;)

Jan Venter 14 Apr 2014 19:42 #313

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I was 55 when I had mine done and they're still no good :(

Jan Venter 12 Apr 2014 16:42 #314

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I am horrified to read what Jan said in this interview with the Express in 2012:
"Sally booked an appointment at an Optical Express clinic in west London where she was told she was a suitable candidate for implantable intraocular lenses.

Last month both her eyes were treated two days apart. Professor Jan Venter, Sally’s surgeon, says: “We used a very sophisticated artificial lens which corrects long and intermediate vision and problems with reading.

The treatment is ideal for the over 40s who can experience quite dramatic improvements in their vision.

I talk to some of the most prestigious ophthalmic surgeons, all of whom have told me they would not perform RLE surgery on anyone under mid fifties unless there was a very good reason!

Not forgetting that I am contacted every week by increasing numbers of OE patients who have problems with these lenses!


No more OE for me! 05 Apr 2014 18:17 #315

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Hi Kay
Alex George called me but I missed it and he left a message saying we should discuss what could be done to correct my eyes after RLE.

I contacted Sasha for advice and she told me to email him and not to discuss anything over the phone. I sent an email saying I had been told there was nothing to be done so what did he propose to do?

Funny enough he never replied.

No more OE for me! 14 Mar 2014 12:46 #316

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I also had a call from David Mungall who caught me off guard yesterday offering me a consult with Alex George who performed my RLE surgery, with rail travel paid for myself and a companion.

I rang Mr Hugh Kerr and left a voicemail telling him I wasn't interested in seeing anyone with OE....

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) 14 Mar 2014 09:30 #317

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Unemployment will be too good for them. I just hope they are out of this world.

Regarding that letter, I too had the EXACT same letter emailed to me.

Refractive Lens Exchange RLE/NLR 12 Mar 2014 16:39 #318

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This is a template letter as it is the same word for word as I received back from this clown.

To add insult to injury they cannot even be bothered to write a personal reply to you. Hannan just wants to telephone you to give you some more BULLSH*T

I do hope you gave him the same response I did. I cannot wait for the day these idiots have to sign on for unemployment benefit.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) 12 Mar 2014 15:05 #319

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;) I sent an email to David Moulsdale this morning and received this reply from Stephen Hannan - is he stupid or blind?

From: Stephen Hannan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 12 March 2014 10:57:08 GMT
Subject: Optical Express

Dear Ms Doughty,

Thank you for contacting our Chief Executive Officer in your email of today's date. In my capacity as the Clinical Services Director, I have been passed your email and will now offer a response.

Whilst I acknowledge that you have regrettably lost faith in Optical Express I would welcome the opportunity to understand the reasons why. This will enable me to address any issues that you might have so that we can move forward with any on-going clinical care which you may require.

This said, if there is a particular time that you would be available to engage in telephone conversation please confirm by return and I or my colleague Mr Mungall will be pleased to call you.

With the information available to us at this point in time we would respectfully decline your request to be referred to an external Ophthalmologist at the cost of Optical Express. We would also decline your request to be refunded the fee which you paid to Optical Express to undergo treatment.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Hannan MCOptom
Clinical Services Director

T: +44 (0) 1236 795104 M: +44 (0) 7740 592389
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Laser & RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) 06 Feb 2014 12:24 #320

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Update on my 1 month post op Lasik Enhancement check up at OE on top of RLE last October.

Optom confidently assured me "Eyes healing well no problem... bla bla bla!". Besides being dry, when I asked why can't I read properly she checked prescription again and advised I buy a pair of +1 glasses and said if things not settled by my 3 month check up they could do yet ANOTHER enhancement :ohmy:
Because I now understand that I shouldn't have been given laser treatment with RA I said I wanted a second opinion. She brushed it aside and said not to worry, they'd do all the right tests before going ahead, and no point in seeing anyone at the moment because it's too early.

I said I was confused that I was told before RLE that I wasn't suitable for laser but now they're happy to give it to me. She said it's a "different kind of laser" :S