(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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