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Optegra for sale 12 Jun 2020 14:28 #1

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Hi. I used to work for Optegra and a former colleague who has been let go by the company has told me that the ongoing restructuring is in preparation for it being sold this year. I hope this info is of some interest to you. Regards.
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OPTEGRA 18 Feb 2020 16:47 #2

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Happening today @ 6.30pm :kiss:



Yet another example of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists impotence and outright refusal to castigate fee paying members who breach their unenforceable 'Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery', as Optegra Eye Hospital part time jobbing doctor Sumith Perera engages in this Facebook promo alongside snooker player Judd Trump.

Note for Dr Sumith Perera - read point 52:
'You must not use promotional tactics in ways that could encourage people to make an ill-considered decision.'
www.gmc-uk.org/ethical-guidance/ethical-...ns/maintaining-trust

And whilst Optegra Eye Hospital regularly offer discounted and 'time-limited deals', and their caim tht they are responsible for his victory, I trust that they and Judd Trump will be honest and disclose their financial relationship before he answers questions this evening!



'9.2 Celebrity endorsements are discouraged and, in the event these are used, a written declaration clarifying any financial relationship, including reduced cost treatment, between the clinic and the celebrity should appear alongside the endorsement.'
www.rcophth.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/201...Surgery-May-2018.pdf
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OPTEGRA 07 Jan 2020 03:25 #3

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And we kick off the ‘2020’ advertising frenzy amongst refractive eye surgery providers with Optegra first out of the traps!



Bad enough that Optegra resort to the cockroach level of Optical Express and Optimax/Ultralase by spamming people with unsolicited emails offering discounts, contrary to GMC and RCOphth guidelines, but to spam seriously damaged Accuvision patient Greg Brady of all people is beneath contempt!

I trust that when this comes to the attention of Rory Passmore (Optegra MD) he will offer Greg an unreserved apology, and I’ll be happy to publish it :kiss:
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Optegra’s lies 26 Dec 2018 15:23 #4

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As I predicted would be the case a few years ago, I am now regularly contacted by increasing numbers of Optegra damaged patients, many who underwent lens exchange surgery, previously marketed as ‘Clarivu’ and promoted by lucratively paid Ruth Langsford, who is not my biggest fan after I upset her sales pitch in March 2015 - read previous posts for the full story :kiss:



My complaint to the ASA referred to a billboard posted at a busy London railway station, spotted by a refractive surgeon who sent me the image.

Every little bit helps, and you too can make reports like this to the ASA, no matter which company it concerns.

You’d be amazed at how much info I receive from ophthalmic surgeons with small practices, all hoping I’ll discredit the bigger providers (Optical Express, Optimax, Ultralase, and Optegra) and therefore lessen the competition.

And when I find time to write my next NMMNG post, I’ll tell you how Optimax owner Russell Ambrose provided me with info about OE and David Moulsdale, before he realised to his dismay that I was working against him, not with him, as he’d so arrogantly convinced himself that I was - as if!

Which reminds me, I hope to publish news concerning my treatment that will put Optimax in the spotlight by late January or early February.

Watch this space!
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Faulty TOPCON lens 28 Dec 2017 23:59 #5

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I had Topcon multi focal lenses fitted six years ago at Optegra. I have had problems with blurred vision for the last couple of years and had YAG laser a few weeks ago with no improvement in vision.
Apparently the problem is that some batches of these Topcon lenses are faulty and are clouding and discoloring and for me it’s like looking through a haze of Vaseline. The retinal surgeon I saw yesterday said it’s difficult to get them out and then not enough support to keep new lenses in place , even more so now the back of the eye had been weakened by YAG lazer. He feels a mono focal lens on the front of the cornea is my only and best option now which is a big op under general anaesthetic and then I’ll poss need glasses to read. So fed up !!!
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OPTEGRA - CLARIVU M-Plus lens 28 Nov 2017 17:05 #6

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Clarivu monofocal lens replacement performed by Mark Wevill at Optegra eye hospital, Birmingham.

In June 2016 I visited Optegra for an initial consultation with Mark Wevill to discuss Clarivu replacement lenses. I was given the option of mono focal lenses (one long sight and one short sight) or multifocal lenses. Mr Wevill explained that some patients experience excessive halos with the multi focal lenses and that these patients go on to have these lenses removed and exchanged for mono focal lenses. He then put glasses on me with the mono focal lenses in and asked if I could see distance and close up. I could, so he said my brain would cope ok with these lenses.

I decided to go away and think about it and after seeing the advert with Ruth Langsford I decided to go ahead.

In November 2016 I attended Optegra for the first operation. Right eye short-sight mono focal lens. I was given three lots of eye drops one of which was Maxidex (steroid), 1 drop 4 times a day for 4 weeks. In December 2016 I had the second eye operation. Left eye long-sight mono focal lens and an eye test on the first eye. Again, I was given the same eye drops.

In January 2017 I attended Optegra for the check-up and I had problems with my eyes focusing. Mr Wevill said I had an allergic reaction to the drops and I was told to stop taking them. I pointed out that the instructions for the Maxidex specifically said “NOT TO BE TAKEN FOR LONGER THAN 10 DAYS” yet I had been prsecribed these or four weeks. I expressed concern that Maxidex was a steroid and that these promoted growth and healing.

In February 2017 I attended Optegra as my eyesight had not improved. Mr Wevill said I needed YAG laser on both eyes and he was surprised it had to be done so soon. So was I, convinced it was caused by the Maxidex. The YAG was done straight away with no explanation as to the consequences of this.

In March 2017 I attended Optegra and saw Mr Wevill as my eye-sight was still blurred, and a shadow down the side of my right eye had appeared. I also had halos. I was told this would improve and if it didn’t I may need laser treatment.

In April 2017 I attended Optegra and saw Mr Wevill. My eye-sight was still blurred, the shadow was still in my right eye and I still had halos. My husband also expressed concern as I could not focus when it was dusk and I was no longer able to drive at night. Mr Wevill said I should have laser in the right eye. I was under the impression this was just a tweaking to correct the prescription. It became clear this was a more major procedure when Mr Wevill said I would need to wear a contact lens for two weeks. My husband asked Mr Wevill what my eye-sight would be like after the laser and asked if it was possible to be shown the outcome. Mr Wevill put glasses on me to show me and it then became clear he was going to laser my short sighted lens and make it long sighted. This would mean no short sight at all.

I left Optegra in tears with a prescription for glasses!

I could not believe I had been so stupid and was totally distraught at what I had done. It has taken me a while to come to terms with the fact I am now worse off than I was originally, and my life has had to change as I cannot drive at all at night.

In October 2017 I attended my local opticians to ask them about the shadow. They thought I may be seeing the corner of the lens and it needed further investigation. I was also told I had astigmatism in both eyes and that I needed varifocal glasses.

I am now left with the following problems:
• Cannot focus
• Astigmatism
• Shadow down right side of right eye
• Unable to drive at night
• Unable to see when it is dusk
• Severe headaches.

If anyone is considering this operation, think long and hard. For me, it was the biggest mistake of my life and I am left to suffer the consequences.

Ruth Langsford 07 Nov 2017 15:39 #7

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When I met Ruth Langsford in March 2015, she was asked how she would feel if someone had surgery at Optegra thanks to her lucratively paid Clarivu promotion, and was left with damaged eyes.

She insensitively replied that it would be nothing to do with her, 'It’s like promoting shampoo, it might work for me but not for them' - recorded!



I argued that she would have to accept some responsibility if the person had gone ahead after trusting Ruthie's reckless and unconditional recommendation to, "Do it, do it, do it!"

And to prove my point, from a recent email...

'In July 2016 I went to see Optegra in Birmingham regarding lens replacement surgery after seeing Ruth Langsford’s advert. I had no major eye issues...
I can honestly say my eyesight has been awful since having the surgery done… I am now unable to focus at all at any distance… I was and still am, experiencing halos, light flashes and excessive dryness and I am unable to drive confidently during the day and I cannot drive at all at night. As soon as it gets dusk my eyesight fails. I also suffer with terrible headaches… I have lost all confidence in Optegra… I am so depressed and would really appreciate some advice
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Included in my advice was that this person should write to Ruth Langsford and see what her response is - if any!

it should also be considered that Optegra's advertising suggests that Ruth Langsford was blind before surgery, when in fact she simply needed to wear glasses!



All so sickening :kiss:
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OPTEGRA 17 Oct 2017 18:36 #8

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Optegra previously marketed the company as a superior eye surgery provider, at one time even advertising 'Clarivu' lens exchange as a unique procedure.

In fact 'Clarivu' is simply a brand name, as the ASA agreed when I complained, and 'unique' consequently removed from the advertising.

Some of you may remember reading about the Clarivu sales promotion I infiltrated in March 2015 (wearing a wig that fooled no-one!) accompanied by three fellow campaigners, where TV presenter Ruth Langsford, Optegra's highly paid 'ambassador' for Clarivu, delivered her careless pitch for lens exchange, telling the dinner guests, 'Do it, do it, do it!'

After my own unanticipated pitch to the guests, with info packs handed around the room by my colleagues, I very much doubt that Ruth earned her purse that night!

Optegra surgeons have their fair share of damaged patients btw, some who've posted here, and others I know of in litigation.

And they must be struggling, because Optegra have now stooped lower than Optical Express (hard to achieve) by advertising on Groupon!


But there's more :kiss:

As most of you know, in May 2015 I was appointed as lay adviser to the Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group (RSSWG), formed to revise the College standards, but removed in June at the behest of David Moulsdale, a convenient excuse for the College to exclude input from damaged patients.

Two Optegra consultants sat on the RSSWG, James Ball and Bernie Chang (Bernie then Vice President and Chair of the RCOphth Professional Standards Committee).

Taken from the 2016 Consultation draft:
'4.6 The following are considered socially irresponsible and are prohibited:
4.6.1. Time-limited deals
4.6.2. Financial inducements
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www.rcophth.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/201...keting-Standards.pdf

Presumably because the College has NO regulatory power and can't prohibit anything, the eventual 2017 publication watered down the wording:
'4.6. The following should not be used:
4.6.1. Time-limited deals
4.6.2. Financial inducements
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www.rcophth.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/201...keting-Standards.pdf

The reason I mention this is because Optegra's offer on Groupon is in breach of points 4.6.1 and 4.6.2.

'25% off... 31% off... Limited time remaining!'

Hypocrisy oozes like pus whichever way you look - especially from the doors of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
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Cancelled consultation 06 Jun 2017 18:35 #9

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Hi

I was booked for a consultation at Optegra last week. I felt tired of wearing glasses and wanted the freedom of perfect vision.

I came across your website the night before and within minutes I just knew that I must not go to that appointment. I cancelled it that night and just wanted to thank you for influencing me to do that. Your statement of 'why would any sane person want to have their healthy natural lens removed and replaced by an artificial one' really brought it home to me what I was about to do. So just thank you for saving me from that.

Very best wishes

OPTEGRA Yorkshire 08 Nov 2016 13:20 #10

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Hi CP, Nov 2016 and my probs continue. I haven't formally complained as I prefer to try to keep on good terms until all avenues for resolution are exhausted. It feels like Optegra have been through the stages of wishing I'd go away to now agreeing to further treatment. Having swapped natural eyesight problems for a different and worse set of problems I don't think I will ever achieve the glasses free no problem eyesight that the advertising for this procedure promises.
What issues are you experiencing?
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