I got through to Jeremy Vine On 5 at 9.30am, introduced myself, and was told my name had been mentioned by quite a few callers, and one of the programme's researchers would like to speak with me
The researcher took plenty of details from me, said they’d definitely want me to speak on air, and would flag me up with the gallery (production team).
Another person then called, asking me to be available to speak at 10.15am, with a reminder not to mention any laser provider by name.
Next call at 10.15am, told they were about to put me through to Jeremy Vine, and to please only talk about my laser eye surgery, not my work as My Beautiful Eyes campaigner and patient advocate. Wtf?
Quickly biting my tongue I said OK, if that’s what you want… (fingers crossed behind my back!)
And then I waited... listening to the audio feed - wanting to scream at Sheila (NHS cataract surgery & laser for floaters) that she DID NOT have laser vision correction, and that LVC is NOT available on the NHS!
The exact words I said were, 'Unf*ckingbelievable - more bias!’, before I slammed the phone down on the person who came back to me to say sorry, they’d run out of time!
I was given the same excuse from BBC Rip Off Britain in 2017, after they filmed a two hour interview with me at their Manchester studio, while the Daily Mail claimed there was not enough space to include even one comment from me in the article I worked on with journalist Thea Jourdan (published 16 February).
My Beautiful Eyes Foundation member Karen Taylor was also asked to speak on air, but after calling her back and putting her on hold, they suddenly told her there wasn't enough time - she too had mentioned regulation when she’d called in!
Any other campaign related to a medical procedure would be given plenty of press and air time, so it is bizarre and inexcusable that mine is blocked at every avenue!
I was very surprised to discover that Jeremy Vine’s consultation was with David Allamby, not the Reinstein Cowboy as I’d assumed.
Fyi, David Allamby learned his trade at Optimax, a fact you won't find advertised on his website. Perhaps why he’s held in low regard by more experienced refractive surgeons, some of whom have openly expressed their contempt for his claim that he ‘pioneered’ the soothingly named 'Blended Vision' in 2003, while Dr Dan Reinstein claims that he pioneered the procedure in 2005!
Listen to this snippet from Jeremy Vine’s show this morning, and you might well ask how much research this stupid man has actually done!
His claim that, ‘The number of times it goes wrong in any way at all is tiny tiny tiny - we're talking about in tens of thousands...’ has no validity whatsoever, because even the Royal College of Ophthalmologists claim 95% success rate. And of course we know it’s way lower than that, with no reliable data to support any stats quoted by the industry (as confirmed in an email to me from Bruce Allan!)
Vine continues, ‘And actually it doesn’t wear off, in the situation that I’m in, it doesn’t suddenly, slowly go back...’
ROTFLMAO - lifted from David Allamby’s own website!
Also from David Allamby’s site, reassuring advertising jargon to convince people that it’s not really an operation they’d be having, ‘[Blended Vision] does not require a visit to the operating theatre’.
It’s a fact that ANY type of laser eye surgery is an operation, that can only (legally) be performed by a GMC registered surgeon, so of course it’s an operating theatre ffs!
Jeremy Vine unarguably provided yet another advertorial for this unregulated industry, and of course priceless advertising for David Allamby, who wore his surgical gown emblazoned with his clinic logo throughout the video clip!
I know David Allamby, and called him earlier to ask him a few questions before writing this post, but it went straight to voicemail and he hasn’t got back to me yet, and I doubt he will after reading my comments!
My impression is that this is a done deal, priceless advertising in return for free surgery, because since yesterday morning Jeremy Vine has jumped from ‘only going for a consultation’ to a gushing convert and promoter of laser eye surgery - that he hasn’t even had!
Jeremy Vine knows about me, my campaign for regulation of the refractive eye surgery industry, the thousands of people irreparably damaged - and he must have seen the UK press about Jessica Starr - yet this is all swept aside and ignored in favour of more publicity for the corrupt and unregulated refractive eye surgery industry.
And if Jeremy goes ahead, then just like Philip Schofield, of course his ops will be videoed, and thousands more people will have laser eye surgery on the say so of a TV presenter!
I therefore have to agree with what so many people have said to me in person, and on My Beautiful Eyes Foundation closed Facebook group: let’s hope that Jeremy does have surgery, and that he does end up with problems, because he is already ultimately responsible for those people who are going to suffer irreparable damage to their eyes and lives when they flock for laser eye surgery, and of course those who’ll be talked into lens replacement.
PS: Look what else I found on David Allamby's website!
Remind me, which of you still suffer 'side effects' (incl dry eyes) after lasik? Let's say since surgery more than 18 months ago, which I think is enough time to be considered 'long-term'!
If you have ever questioned the motivation for these unnecessary and risky procedures, Dr Parag Majmudar makes it very clear in another sickening 'performance'
Listen closely to this psychopath, 'more than a plain old cataract doc... collect a big fee...'
But Parag A. Majmudar was not the only sicko in the room, listen to the laughter and applause from hundreds of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) members present, from all over the world!
'The American Refractive Surgery Council was founded more than 10 years ago by American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) leadership in collaboration with industry partners Alcon, Johnson & Johnson Vision and Bausch + Lomb. I was the founding ASCRS representative on ARSC…
Since the founding by American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS),* leadership from the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons (John Doane, MD, John Vukich, MD), the Refractive Surgery Alliance (Greg Parkhurst, MD, Lance Kugler, MD) and the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (John Kanellopoulos, MD) have also joined the council. The council is now considering a renaming to Refractive Surgery Council (RSC) and reaching out to our international refractive surgeon colleagues worldwide, starting with the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. According to the RSC website, the mission of RSC is “to provide education and information about safety, clinical value and lifestyle benefits of vision correction surgery, and support research into new refractive surgery technologies and techniques.” RSC has also served as a fact-based advocate for the potential benefits of refractive surgery to society, the military and individual patients — all laudable goals in my opinion. As you can see, the mission of RSC is currently expanding, and it is likely that its constructive contributions to the field of refractive surgery will become better known and more widely appreciated.’
In his article, Dr Lindstrom claims that the ARSC is ‘considering' a renaming to Refractive Surgery Council (RSC)’, but in the following sentence he says, ‘According to the RSC website…’.
Yet the only websites Google throw up for this acronym are the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Society of Chemistry, so perhaps someone will enlighten me?
*See previous post for video of sickening entertainment at an ASCRS convention mocking damaged and suicidal patients.
The article continues, 'One positive outcome of this collaboration is that the major manufacturers in our field have agreed to share their U.S. sales numbers with an independent third party who then makes them available to all interested parties. This gives us accurate, reliable numbers of what is really happening nationwide in regard to laser corneal refractive surgery volume, including LASIK, PRK and SMILE. In the future, it is hoped that this collaboration will expand to include intraocular and intracorneal lens-based refractive surgery and eventually allow accurate numbers for outside the U.S. as well. This will be valuable to everyone engaged in refractive surgery.’
This is far from being a ‘positive outcome’ for patients, because the ‘accurate reliable numbers’ do not refer to patients damaged by refractive surgery, they are sales statistics to promote the procedures and encourage MORE doctors to jump on the highly profitable gravy train!
The only way we will get anywhere near close to collating accurate numbers of damaged patients in the UK (and worldwide) is when the government(s) regulates this industry, with data collection overseen by a totally independent third party, not by anyone with a vested interest in the rates of damage being underreported!
When I met with CEO David Probert and MD Nick Strouthidis at Moorfields Eye Hospital(MEH), on 10 September last year, primarily to discuss serious concerns about surgeon Julian Stevens arranging referrals for patients damaged at his Moorfields Private Eye Hospital to his MEH NHS clinic, I also questioned the possibility of MEH recording the numbers of privately damaged patients attending many of their NHS clinics for aftercare (me being one).
This is something that needs to be done country wide, so that we have actual figures to slap in the faces of government health ministers and prove how much it is costing the NHS to mop up after Optical Express et al... and why I keep begging people to contact their MP!!
Exhibiting a lack of enthusiasm (I wonder why!) they claimed it would be a difficult task, but said they’d think about it and get back to me. And whilst I don't see why this kind of data collection would be such a challenge, seven months later I am still waiting to hear from David and Nick on this subject.
After the tragic suicide of Jessica Starr in December 2018, I thought it timely to publish this sickening video, highlighting the disgusting attitude of 'doctors' towards their patients left with depression as a result of debilitating and irreparable damage caused by refractive eye surgery.
One year ago today, my New Year’s post was confidently optimistic, stating that I had VERY good reason to believe that the scandal of the unregulated refractive surgery would be exposed in 2018
This expectation was based entirely on my trust in Met police officers, that they’d do their jobs properly, not only as they’d convinced me they would, but as they are paid to do - or perhaps I’ve watched too many fictional TV shows in which police actually do work to protect the public!
I would like to assure everyone reading this, that the ONLY reason I am not naming anyone (yet) is because I do not intend to risk opening my social media pages to attacks from the Met police, most certainly not for any other reason. However, I may later add names on my OERML website forum post.
I would like to assure everyone reading this, that the ONLY reason I am not naming anyone (yet) is because I do not intend to risk opening my social media pages to attacks from the Met police, most certainly not for any other reason. However, I may later add names here on the forum.
And I do promise that ALL names will be eventually given to the press and media, along with email correspondence and recordings I have of my meetings with senior police officers.
Meanwhile, I’ll tell you as much as I can...
This specifically concerns two Met officers, a DS and DCI, provided with information and evidence relating to incredibly serious allegations, that should have seen many people immediately questioned, and clinics shut down whilst internal records were examined by experts.
When I first made my complaint to the Met police in October 2017, they expressed excitement at the potential scale and seriousness of the matter, and those of us involved were assured that if necessary, due to its obvious complexity, they were prepared to pass the investigation over to an expert team who had access to more resources; the main witness asked if he would be happy to have his image used in the media and press to encourage others like him to come forward...
I was ecstatic!
This incredible scandal within a scandal was finally being taken seriously, and it’s eventual exposure, with sensational press and media coverage guaranteed, would publicise the extent of damage being caused by the refractive industry, and highlight the urgent need for UK government regulation.
Believe me, there is no way the government will be able to ignore this incredible story when it all comes out - and safe now to say that it will!
By February 2018, those of us involved realised that the Met police had no intention of pursuing the case, with the DS in charge of the investigation having admitted that he was out of his depth (albeit using different terminology).
I spoke with his DCI who was monitoring the farce, and told her that if I had to depend on the Met police to save my life I might as well pull the trigger myself!
In response to an email I sent, providing her team with more evidence, she responded by saying that if she thought I was interfering in an ongoing police investigation I would be in serious trouble.
ROTFLMAO - they hadn’t even interviewed the criminals in question!
But instead of responding with an acronym, I wrote, “You told Mr X [witness] what he wanted to hear, and in my opinion it was another blatant exercise in feather smoothing on your part - seemingly a senior Met officer's most valuable skill nowadays.
Nor do I accept that my actions, 'interfere with a police investigation’, because since 2013 - working with X’s damaged patient Mr Y and BBC journalist Ms Z - I have done everything within my power to collect as much information and evidence relating to X’s illegal activities, and until I see sign of a serious police investigation underway then I will continue to do so, regardless of your veiled threat.
In the same paragraph you say that you are ‘unfortunately’ unable to read the screenshots I attached, yet you don’t ask for more detail, or for a copy of the recorded phone call I had with X. In fact I succeeded in getting more info from X in ten minutes than one of your claimed ‘best investigators' has managed to do in three and a half months, excepting the extensive documentation/info I provided. (The same ‘investigator’ who, by his own admission, was unable to find the spelling of Toladex eye drops!)
Regardless of the fact that I am not the victim in this case, I am the complainant, and every single piece of info/evidence that you have a result of my endeavours, so your team’s reluctance to ask me, and Ms Z, for everything else we have is totally baffling.
When John McDonnell forwarded your email of 29 January, I realised that my meeting with you three days earlier was another feather stroking exercise: to satisfy the Shadow Chancellor who had asked you for an update, because until your meeting with me there was nothing to update!
You wrote [to John], ‘I hope that following our meeting Sasha realises that we are intent on achieving the best possible outcome for the victim in this case as we are for all our victims.’”
I should perhaps mention that when I first contacted the Met, John McDonnell also sent a letter to the Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, vouching for my credibility, and that of the BBC journalist.
Advised from day one that the BBC had possession of a covert video containing incriminating footage, by January the police had still not asked for it!
I knew that they were about to take advice from the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service), and I virtually begged the DCI to wait, knowing as well as she did, that at this point, with so little evidence to show, the CPS would throw the case out. But she ignored me, and they did.
Having already attempted suicide - sheer luck that he was found in time - the main witness was devastated!
His partner and I both made complaints to the IOPC and CPS, a complete waste of everyone’s time, and a story for another day.
So why the fireworks, I hear you ask...
Because months earlier, concerned that the Met were dragging their feet, I had formulated Plan B, which I immediately launched when we had confirmation that the CPS would not pursue the case.
Unable to publish details at this stage, only because by doing so I would jeopardise a successful outcome expected to bring justice for a lot of people, be assured ( as I certainly am) that the matter is now being investigated by three organisations, and in an unprecedented move they are sharing information.
This is a very serious matter, with dozens of people having conspired to commit major crimes - that the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, surgeons, and others, have known about for many years, all of whom have shockingly failed to speak out.
You will of course be asking why they haven’t done so.
Because bad enough that so many patients are being damaged by this unregulated surgery, but the additional story here is so shocking that it will cast a massive black shadow over the entire refractive industry, and that is why they’ve all kept quiet, to protect their cash cow.
Unfortunately for some, I have evidence that they’ve been party to illegal activities, their names on my (s)hit list, and I have copies of emails I’ve sent to a few over the years, begging them to speak out!
And again, all names will be published and provided to the press and media, although a number of surgeons are already nervously twitching, knowing that their GMC registration is at risk as a result of their involvement and/or silence.
Meanwhile, next year is 2020, and you can be sure that the industry are already planning their ad campaigns based on the date!
To counter this, by 2020 I am determined that My Beautiful Eyes Campaign, calling for regulation of the refractive industry, will succeed in its bid to be taken seriously by the UK government.
And I hope that similarly, governments worldwide will by then have gained 2020 vision to recognise the true horrors of this industry, not least due to the recent and globally publicised tragic suicide of Jessica Starr - and probably more importantly to governments, realise what it’s costing their country financially!
As gifts are excitedly exchanged tomorrow, too many people will receive an Optical Express gift voucher for eye surgery, given by well intentioned parents or partners.
It is so wrong for OE to sell gift vouchers to a third party for a medical procedure (NOT cosmetic!) without having examined the patient first - an issue I will take up with the GMC next year
Since launching My Beautiful Eyes Foundation in 2012, as a patient advocate I have spoken with so many people who actively encouraged their loved ones to undergo laser or lens surgery, often given as xmas or birthday presents, left ridden with guilt when they see the damage and pain suffered as a result.
I wonder how many people have gone ahead with surgery only because they didn’t want to offend the giver, in the same way one would express [sic] delight for the tenth pair of socks received from Auntie Joan (no offence to any Joans reading this!)
And as well as future damaged patients, I have no doubt that OERML website forum will attract a number of people asking for my help to get their money back from Optical Express for these gift vouchers in January.
I have no idea what T&Cs are provided with these vouchers, if any, but to anyone reading who wants their money refunded - ALL of it! - if when you contact OE and they tell you that you can’t have money back (after a hard sell trying to persuade you to change your mind), but as a goodwill gesture they will exchange for credit notes/vouchers for glasses/contact lenses, do contact me, because I guarantee that you can and will get your money back. NB: This applies to anyone who has paid a deposit and cancelled surgery.
OE’s T&Cs are not legal, checked and confirmed by a barrister a few years ago, hence why every single person who’s contacted me via this forum has had their deposit returned in full, plus the cost of the MCOL court fee - see Deposit Refund topic.
And if you’re told that they’ll be in touch within 28 WORKING days, also contact me! They took your money instantly and, just like Tesco when you returned something, can refund immediately.
Laser and lens eye surgery is a bit like Russian roulette, great fun unless you’re the unlucky one that gets the bullet - but with this industry, be in no doubt, there’s more than one bullet in the gun!
For those of you who celebrate xmas, have a great day tomorrow, while we keep in mind Jessica Starr, whose family and two young children have no reason to celebrate, entirely thanks to the devastating results of laser eye surgery!
The MHRA is another organisation not fit for purpose
'And there is so much secrecy that even surgeons implanting these devices do not always see the evidence upon which a device has been approved for its safety and effectiveness.
The British Standards Institution said it could not discuss the evidence for Nanostim due to "confidentiality requirements".
Even the UK's regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, says it is "bound by confidentiality when it comes to some of the actions that we've taken around individual devices".'
In 2015, following complaints about the Lentis Mplus X lens, from both ophthalmic surgeons and patients, the MHRA appointed Bernie Chang as one of their investigators.
Not only was Bernie Chang a panel member with the RCOphth's Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group in 2015, but at the time he also worked for Optegra, who - just like Optical Express - sold Mplus X lenses!
Conflict of interests methought!
As for, 'The UK's Royal College of Surgeons has called for "drastic regulatory changes"' - not for refractive surgery they haven't!
Hand in glove with the RCOphth, the RCS has been fully aware of what's going on within the refractive industry for years, but they ignore the scandal because most refractive surgeons are paid up RCS members!