LASIK NEWS

Linegar v. Mark Lobanoff, M.D., and North Suburban Eye Specialists, LLP

“LASIK Debate Continues—Is LASIK Safe?”

Wymes v. Jay Lustbader, M.D.

Wymes v. Lustbader, M.D. and LASIKPlus

FDA Announces: LASIK Quality Of Life Study

Domeier v. Whitten, M.D.

New York Law Journal Online Article

Chapman v. Horsley, M.D.

Reed v. Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

News Coverage of FDA Hearing

News Coverage of LASIK

Schiffer v. Speaker

Cho v. Lee, M.D., & Mid-Manhattan Surgi-Center

Dew v. Allara

Mr. Krouner quoted in the Boston Globe

New York Times Article by Abby Ellin

Alcon LASIK Laser Recall

 

LASIK News

(1) Morris Waxler, Ph.D., was an F.D.A. insider responsible for approving the lasers used for LASIK surgery in the 1990’s. He has been in the press recently saying in effect “If I knew then what I know now,” I never would have approved LASIK.

Please click here for a link to Dr. Waxler’s interview on MSNBC on February 18, 2011.

(2) On February 16, 2011, Abby Ellin, a reporter for the New York Times, who is herself a LASIK surgery victim, published an article in salon.com “What we still don’t know about LASIK.” While reporting on the debate between Dr. Waxler and his former colleagues in the LASIK industry, she quotes LASIK patient attorney Todd J. Krouner, who says we need an honest patient satisfaction study, free of the financial bias of the LASIK industry, so that patients can make a truly informed decision whether to have eye surgery.

Please click here for a link to Abby Ellin’s article.

Todd J. Krouner represents victims of LASIK surgery throughout the United States.

For more information please contact us at info@krounerlaw.com.

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Linegar v. Mark Lobanoff, M.D., and North Suburban Eye Specialists, LLP

In December 2010, Layla Linegar sued Mark Lobanoff, M.D., and his practice, in connection with three eye surgeries that he performed on her in 2009. In addition to suing for medical malpractice, Ms. Linegar, who required cornea transplant surgery in January 2011, also sued for consumer fraud based on Dr. Lobanoff’s claim to be the “preferred LASIK provider” to the Minnesota Vikings.

In a February 4, 2011 article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Dr. Lobanoff’s attorney was quoted, saying there is a “contractual relationship” with the Vikings. However, the Viking’s General Counsel neither confirmed any such argument, nor identified any Viking players whom Dr. Lobanoff had actually treated. For a copy of the article, “Woman blinded by surgery sues clinic over Vikings endorsement,” click here.

The plaintiffs are represented by Todd J. Krouner, from Chappaqua, New York, and Michael M. Zimmer, of M.A. Zimmer Law, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Krouner represents victims of LASIK surgery throughout the United States. Mr. Zimmer has extensive experience in litigating medical malpractice actions.

For more information please contact us at info@krounerlaw.com.

Download Press Release (PDF) – December 23, 2010

Download the Complaint (PDF)

xxx”"LASIK Debate Continues—Is LASIK Safe?

September 28th, 2010 – CNN LASIK Warning: “Dr. Morris Waxler, Form FDA Chief who’s group approved LASIK, tells CNN he is issuing a Public Health Advisory for the public stating “DO NOT DO LASIK, it’s DANGEROUS.”

 

Wymes v. Jay Lustbader, M.D.

Checkiem Wymes sued Dr. Jay Lustbader and LCA-Vision, Inc., doing business as LASIKPlus, for LASIK surgery performed in 2003. The complaint alleged that Mr. Wymes was diagnosed with post-LASIK ectasia in 2009, and never should have had LASIK surgery.

In response, Dr. Lustbader and LASIKPlus moved to dismiss the complaint as untimely and barred by the Maryland statute of limitations for medical malpractice.

By Memorandum Opinion dated January 7, 2011, the federal court rejected defendants’ arguments. The court held that although the surgery was performed in 2003, the injury was alleged to have been discovered in 2008, when the patient’s vision first turned blurry.

Consequently, the complaint was timely commenced within three years of discovery under Maryland law.

The decision is important for victims of LASIK malpractice in recognizing the long fuse on the time bomb of post-LASIK ectasia.

For a copy of the court’s decision, click here.

The plaintiffs are represented by Todd J. Krouner, from Chappaqua, New York, and George S, Tolley, III, of Dugan, Babij and Tolley, LLC, from Timonium, Maryland. Mr. Krouner represents victims of LASIK surgery throughout the United States. Mr. Tolley has extensive experience in litigating medical malpractice actions.

For more information please contact us at info@krounerlaw.com.

 

Chekeim Wymes and Erika Wymes v. Jay Lustbader, M.D., and LCA-Vision, Inc., d/b/a LASIKPlus

Download Press Release (PDF) – July 8, 2010

 

 The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) announced that it is working with the Department of Defense and National Eye Institute to study complications arrising from LASIK surgery.

LA Times Article – “LASIK Draws FDA Attention, Warnings”

FDA Press Release – Oct. 15, 2009

 

Domeier v. Whitten, M.D., L. Edward Perraut, Jr. M.D., TLC The Laser Center (Northeast) Inc., Jo Angeles, O.D., Andrew Morgenstern, O.D., Greg W. McGrew, O.D., Paul J. Chmielewski, O.D., and Eyecare Center Of Leesburg, P.C.

Download Press Release – August 17, 2009

New York Law Journal Online Article

LASIK Eye Surgery- Litigation Challenges and Issues

Chapman v. Wilson Horsley, M.D., Horsley Eye Center, P.C., and Clear Vision Eye Center, Inc.

Download Press Release – March 18, 2009

Download the Complaint (PDF) – March 4, 2009

the Order Granting Protective Order (PDF)

Reed vs. Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

Download Press Release (PDF) – August 20, 2008

 

News Coverage of FDA Hearing

Videos: Todd Krouner speaks at the FDA LASIK hearing:

Todd Krouner FDA Hearing Materials

Todd J. Krouner was the only Plaintiff’s attorney to present at the FDA hearings on post-LASIK complications.

Todd J. Krouner’s Power Point Presentation used at the FDA hearings

Letter from Todd Krouner to the FDA regarding the April 25, 2008 hearing on post-LASIK results

News Coverage of LASIK

ABC News

ABC News Video: Hindsight 20/20: Lasik Surgery Now Unsafe? – September 22, 2010

ABC “Good Morning America”

ABC News Video of Good Morning America Exclusive: Former FDA Regulator Says LASIK Side Effects Weren’t Taken Seriously Enough – February 25, 2010

ABC News Video of Good Morning America Exclusive: Tips and Advice on LASIK From the FDA – February 25, 2010

NBC “Nightly News”

MSNBC Video of NBC Nightly News Special: FDA Takes Closer Look at LASIK Surgery

NBC “Today Show”

MSNBC Video of The Today Show Special: Is LASIK Eye Surgery Really Safe?

April 24: A decade after LASIK surgery first became available, unhappy patients like Matt Kosovolos are eager for the Food and Drug Administration to hear their grievances. NBC’s Chief Science Correspondent Robert Bazell reports.

April 25: Millions of Americans have undergone LASIK eye surgery safely, but some suffer side effects, prompting government hearings on the procedure. TODAY’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman comments.

Associated Press

April 26, 2008
In fury and despair, patients harmed by LASIK eye surgery told federal health advisers Friday of severe eye pain, blurred vision and even a son’s suicide. The advisers recommended that the government warn more clearly about the risks of the hugely popular operations.

April 28, 2008
Analysts say Advanced Medical Optics unhurt by LASIK inquiry

April 24, 2008
Lost in the hoopla of ads promising that laser vision surgery lets you toss your glasses is a stark reality: Not everyone’s a good candidate and an unlucky few do suffer life-changing side effects — lost vision, dry eye, night-vision problems.

Wall Street Journal

April 26, 2008
While past studies generally have found that 95% of LASIK patients are satisfied with their surgery, some patients have complained the surgery left them with damaged eyes and psychological problems.

April 24, 2008
Laser vision surgery has helped millions of people see better without corrective lenses. But a small number of patients have experienced troubling aftereffects from the procedure, and the Food and Drug Administration has begun taking a closer look at their complaints.

Morning Star

Morning Star – Dow Jones Wire – April 25, 2008
An FDA panel said Friday that the agency should improve its guidance on laser vision eye surgery to better inform patients of the surgery’s risks.

WebMD

WebMD – April 25, 2008
Patients Tell FDA Panel About Serious Side Effects From Corrective Eye Surgery

Schiffer v. Speaker, TLC, et al.

$7,250,000 Jury Verdict Form

Mark Schiffer’s Preoperative Corneal Topography

Textbook Topographical Depiction of Keratoconus Part 1

Textbook Topographical Depiction of Keratoconus Part 2

Mark Schiffer’s Wave Front Study Post-LASIK/Pre-Transplant

Decision Denying Summary Judgment and Granting Protective Order for Mark Schiffer’s Expert

New York Law Journal

New York Daily News

Lawyer Weekly US

Another Million Dollar Settlement for One Eye

Download Press Release (PDF) – January 11, 2008

Dew v. Allara

Former patient sues eye surgeon – The Charleston Gazette – December 7, 2007

Click here for a case summary and more info.

Download Order Granting Permission to File Damages Against Allara (PDF)

Download Amended Complaint (PDF)

Download the Surrendering of Allara’s License to the Medical Board (PDF)

Download the Surrendered License of Allara (PDF)

Click here to read the published news article.

The Charleston Gazette: City Doctor Faces Federal Drug Charges – March 25, 2008

Mr. Krouner quoted in The Boston Globe

A Second Look – The Boston Globe

New York Times Article by Abby Ellin

LASIK Surgery: When the Fine Print Applies to You

Alcon LASIK Laser Recall

Alcon LADAR6000 Laser Recalled

Alcon LASIK Laser FDA Establishment Inspection Report

 

 

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