Caution urged with laser eye treatment

12th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 July 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Consumer Union is warning patients to beware of practices at laser eye clinics that employ non-registered doctors.

12 July 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Consumer Union is warning patients to beware of practices at laser eye clinics that employ non-registered doctors.

A survey by the union shows that, among others, the three clinics of Eye Center Europe have a foreign doctor in their employ, who is operating under the license of a Dutch ophthalmologist.

The Consumer Union recommends that patients visit a registered doctor because this means he has a diploma that satisfies the standards in the Netherlands. A foreign doctor cannot be brought before a disciplinary tribunal in case of a failed procedure.

Of the 38 laser eye surgery clinics surveyed, seven were rated mediocre or bad. Eleven refused to cooperate with the survey. The price for laser surgery for two eyes varies, depending on the method used, from EUR 1,000 to 5,000.

The more expensive the clinic, the better the experience reported by patients, the Consumer Union said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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