Update for Former LASIK VISION Patients

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Dr. Richard C. Rothman

    IRVINE, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Eight
 eye surgeons who formerly performed surgery at the California LASIK VISION
 facilities announced today that they will assist patients who were treated at
 those facilities in obtaining follow-up care.  They also will assist patients
 whose scheduled surgeries were canceled because of the abrupt closure by
 management of the LASIK VISION facilities on March 28.  The facilities were
 closed without advance notice to either physicians or patients, leaving many
 patients needing follow-up care or awaiting surgeries that had been scheduled.
     The eight physicians, from San Diego to San Francisco, will provide or
 facilitate post-operative care for all patients treated at the LASIK VISION
 facilities in the various locations where they now practice.  Dr. Richard C.
 Rothman, speaking on behalf of the surgeons, said, "As physicians, we have an
 ethical obligation to take care of our patients that is separate and apart
 from any financial dealings between the patients and LASIK VISION.
 Individually we intend to live up to that ethical obligation.
     "Our goal has always been to practice good medicine and to help our
 patients reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.  We are sorry
 that the business decisions of LASIK VISION temporarily interrupted our
 ability to provide this care to our patients."
     In addition to performing or facilitating follow-up care and additional
 necessary procedures for those patients who already have had surgery, Rothman
 said, the physicians will assist people who were scheduled for surgery but had
 not had it by the time LASIK VISION facilities closed.  All the physicians
 have agreed to reduce their current surgical fees to make the procedures as
 affordable as possible for these patients, he said.
     The doctors cannot assist in financial disputes between LASIK VISION
 management and patients. In fact, the doctors themselves performed services
 for nearly three months without being compensated.  To get contact information
 for the eight surgeons in order to arrange medical care, patients can call
 888-498-2020.  A Web site is also available at www.eyemdhelp.com.
 
     The LASIK VISION facilities in California opened about a year ago.  The
 eight physicians performed laser correction procedures on several thousand
 patients at various locations throughout California.  LASIK VISION was
 acquired by Icon Laser Eye Centers, Inc. of Canada in March of this year.
 
     For more information, contact Bill Furlow, 714-730-7889
 
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SOURCE Dr. Richard C. Rothman
    IRVINE, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Eight
 eye surgeons who formerly performed surgery at the California LASIK VISION
 facilities announced today that they will assist patients who were treated at
 those facilities in obtaining follow-up care.  They also will assist patients
 whose scheduled surgeries were canceled because of the abrupt closure by
 management of the LASIK VISION facilities on March 28.  The facilities were
 closed without advance notice to either physicians or patients, leaving many
 patients needing follow-up care or awaiting surgeries that had been scheduled.
     The eight physicians, from San Diego to San Francisco, will provide or
 facilitate post-operative care for all patients treated at the LASIK VISION
 facilities in the various locations where they now practice.  Dr. Richard C.
 Rothman, speaking on behalf of the surgeons, said, "As physicians, we have an
 ethical obligation to take care of our patients that is separate and apart
 from any financial dealings between the patients and LASIK VISION.
 Individually we intend to live up to that ethical obligation.
     "Our goal has always been to practice good medicine and to help our
 patients reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.  We are sorry
 that the business decisions of LASIK VISION temporarily interrupted our
 ability to provide this care to our patients."
     In addition to performing or facilitating follow-up care and additional
 necessary procedures for those patients who already have had surgery, Rothman
 said, the physicians will assist people who were scheduled for surgery but had
 not had it by the time LASIK VISION facilities closed.  All the physicians
 have agreed to reduce their current surgical fees to make the procedures as
 affordable as possible for these patients, he said.
     The doctors cannot assist in financial disputes between LASIK VISION
 management and patients. In fact, the doctors themselves performed services
 for nearly three months without being compensated.  To get contact information
 for the eight surgeons in order to arrange medical care, patients can call
 888-498-2020.  A Web site is also available at www.eyemdhelp.com.
 
     The LASIK VISION facilities in California opened about a year ago.  The
 eight physicians performed laser correction procedures on several thousand
 patients at various locations throughout California.  LASIK VISION was
 acquired by Icon Laser Eye Centers, Inc. of Canada in March of this year.
 
     For more information, contact Bill Furlow, 714-730-7889
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X64873267
 
 SOURCE  Dr. Richard C. Rothman