A growing number of people are questioning the “fake” surgery of their eye doctor.
They want to know if it’s safe, and whether it’s worth the money.
The issue has been discussed in the US since the late 1990s, when a spate of eye problems including corneal ulcers and other conditions caused by excessive cornealing caused an outpouring of concern.
Some doctors even refused to refer patients to specialist ophthalmologists, citing ethical concerns.
But since then, more and more patients have sought medical help for eye conditions they didn’t have, such as a stinging eye or conjunctivitis.
And they’ve also asked, what happens if they don’t have a referral?
The practice of “faux” eye surgery has been on the rise in the past few years, according to a new report published in the British Medical Journal.
The problem started when a group of eye doctors started to prescribe eye care that looked very similar to what was done in their office.
They also prescribed expensive cosmetic surgery procedures that were sometimes very similar in appearance to what the doctors themselves did, often to a small extent.
This, in turn, led to a backlash from patients.
They complained that their eye doctors were acting like surgeons, rather than doctors, who treated them with care and expertise.
The practice was called “pseudo-surgical” and was becoming a major concern.
Dr Jelena Gralicic, from the Royal Eye Hospital in London, is one of the authors of the study.
She says the main problem is that “faking” surgery has become an industry.
“Faking” refers to using a surgeon’s equipment, such a a mask or glasses, that has not been properly sterilised.
“They do this to make sure that they can do the procedure as accurately as possible,” she says.
“If you have a problem with a laser, you will need to put a special mask on.”
“Fake” surgery isn’t just a concern for the public eye.
It affects other parts of the body as well, including the skin and joints.
According to a study from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the prevalence of fake surgeries has risen from just over one in 10,000 in the 1990s to over one-third in 2016.
This could explain why, according the British Journal of Osteopathy, “there has been an increase in the use of ophthalmic implants and laser therapy to treat eye diseases, including stinging eyes, corneas, and eyelid problems”.
But Dr Gralics says this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“People have been asking questions like, why is it so hard to get a referral when we know that you can get one by doing a full exam and asking your eye doctor, and that you don’t need to pay for the procedure?”
The bottom line is that we don’t know what the real cost is.”
The American Academy for Ophthalmic Surgery says that in most cases, there is no “gold standard” test that can be used to diagnose fake surgery, although it recommends that patients be screened for any eye conditions that might be causing the problem, including those that can’t be treated.
She says she is not sure if the “fad” of “fake surgery” will last. “
The real issue is that the way that we’ve seen this change, which we think is driven by people looking for the ‘look’, we are not there yet,” she said.
She says she is not sure if the “fad” of “fake surgery” will last.
“What we do know is that it is growing, that it’s a huge problem, and we need to be very careful and thoughtful about how we are responding to it.”