Owner of Renton laser eye surgery center sought PDF Print E-mail

State health officials investigating doctor who closed shop, left town


(Editor's Note: Valley Medical Center was misidentified in earlier versions of this article.)

State health officials are investigating the owner of a Renton laser eye surgery center after he unexpectedly left town and closed his business more than a month ago.

Dr. Christopher Phillips, owner of Lomas Eye Care Center, shut the doors on his clinic Feb. 29 after telling staff members that they were no longer needed, health officials and former Lomas employees said.

Now, the state Health Department is investigating Phillips after complaints that he canceled appointments without notifying patients and failed to forward medical information to other providers.

Founded by Dr. Richard Lomas, the business, near Valley Medical Center, was one of a few centers in the Seattle area providing laser eye surgery. But the center also served patients looking for conventional care, such as cataract treatments and basic eye exams.

Health Department spokesman Donn Moyer said Phillips wasn't under investigation prior to closing the clinic. But that's changed since the closure.

"As a result of the current situation, we have gotten some complaints," Moyer said. He declined to say what complaints have been made.

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A profession of clamoring scum and anonymous splendor PDF Print E-mail





Ophthalmology is in a time of seeming betrayal of its professionalism. There is a great and successful effort by a noisy and prominent group of physicians to cherry-pick their professional status. They want the admiration, status, and money that the profession delivers, but they do not want to meet and adhere to the obligations as well.


It's good to be a doctor when medicine offers a prestigious title, six-figure wealth, a remarkable degree of autonomy, and astounding degrees of power within offices, in hospitals, over fellow members of ancillary professions, and upon the lives and well-being of our patients.


These same "professionals" complain endlessly when society demands they respond to the needs of patients in emergency rooms, answer for the outcomes of their actions in malpractice courts and before medical boards, or justify through review the expenses they incur for third-party payers.


Like spoiled teenagers, they want all the privileges of society, but none of the obligations.


Ophthalmology has been helped and hurried upon the road to professional damnation. Courts of law have defined the practice of medicine as commerce, and prevented societies and boards from important areas of self-regulation. No standard of acceptable and professional advertising can be defined, and so the most vulgar and avaricious members of our profession set the standards our patients see in newspapers, on billboards, and on radio and television.


There can be no peer review in the present world without the danger of litigation, so we become afraid to point out the misbehavior of our fellows. Practice consultants ride into town like villainous plague-carriers, spreading the most greedy and lewd latest methods to attract patients, sell services, degrade our peers, and squeeze even more money out of our patient populations.


Throwaway journals seem devoted to making titans of the most avaricious and self-aggrandizing members of our profession. Each physician jostles forward, trying to be the loudest rooster to crow its own glory.


From "My 100,000-thousand-dollar day," to "My newest instrument named after me," to "How I see 200 patients a day" to the "My surgical institute," to "Two-minute surgeries," to the "Newest and greatest and best machine/medicine (that I have stock in) in the world," to "How I advertised and billed my way to my first million dollars!"


The parade of hucksters and snake-oil dealers is seemingly endless. Please understand, I don't envy you your wealth and fame. I merely despise the fact that people might mistake me for your peer.


Yet the fact is, like scum on water, this population of villains comprises only a tiny, yet exceedingly overexposed percentage of our profession. Thousands of honest, ethical, and well-intentioned ophthalmologists toil admirably on, in anonymous splendor.

Excuses, Excuses! PDF Print E-mail

These are comments that refractive surgery patients are hearing from their "doctors".  It's no wonder patients are angry and frustrated, and that LASIK litigation is a rising tide.


"Are you constantly comparing both eyes?"

"We don't treat pain."

"From a pure visual acuity stand point, your results are outstanding".

"My recommendation is to give it time as many of these symptoms may resolve".

"You can read 1 letter on the 20/20 line and guess 2 others, that means you're 20/20"

"Remember, you SAID you had halo's BEFORE surgery!"

"I told you that this was ELECTIVE surgery, there's no medical reason to have had it, after all, glasses and contacts have worked perfectly for years...."

"Yes, you still need glasses AFTER LASIK, but now they are much thinner, and more stylish...."

"Of course, you KNOW you had SUPER-HUMAN vision before LASIK with your glasses. There's no way LASIK can duplicate THAT......"

"That MUST have been a condition you had BEFORE LASIK. You just never noticed that you had it!"

"You're the first patient I've had out of the 5,000 I've done that's had ANY problems at all!"

"You're just going to have to drive carefully. You know, there are a lot of one-eyed drivers out there."

"Well, those are the breaks."

"Don't ever let anyone else ever touch your eyes again!"

"I'm sorry I can't help you!"

"What exactly do you want me to do for you?"

"I don't have any magic for you. It's not like we can grab a pencil and erase the scars"

Surgeon, frowning over a 20/50 refraction: "I know I CALCULATED it for 20/20."

"Are you always this emotional?"

"We have no idea what your vision will be 1 year post-op."

"Well, it's like this: The operation was a success, but the patient died."

"If I looked up complication in the dictionary, your name would be there."

"I want you to go home and meditate each night that you LIKE your glasses" (After LASIK regression.)

"Headaches? You should see a neurologist."

"It's like I tell my kids, focus on what you can do (SEE), not what you can't."

"Only second to you, did I want your surgery to be a success!"

"We just need a tincture of time."

"We will have to wait for technology to catch up with YOUR problems."
"We have had only one other patient with your complications."

"We have improved our standards of care since your surgery. Oh! We have TWO new lasers now, would you like to SEE them?"

"Just look at the things that you can focus on."

"You're really doing great considering what you've been through."

"So, are you glad you had LASIK?" (After losing vision in one eye)

"You're just very visually aware".

"I like second opinions. Not that it's a matter of ego, but they just confirm what I already know."

"Things might have turned out a lot differently for you if I'd lifted the flap and irrigated.....(he added some other things he could have tried)....Bummer, huh?"

"I feel sorry for you"

"If you wait a few years there will be other options for you"

"We can do more RK surgery" (like I need any more incisions cut into my corneas)

"This is the best we can do for you"

"Too bad you didn't wait for LASIK"

"You and I are seeing each other so much, we might as well be married."

"We've run out of options with you contact lenses"

"Your eyes is great, I dont know why you are saying that you can not see well"

"Go home and enjoy your vision- don't come to my clinic again-everything is ok with you"

"Wait a year or two....we will have a good option for reducing double images and GASH"

"That's what you are saying, that you can not drive at night.....I am not sure it is true"

"I had to quit RK, because previous patients kept bringing lawyers with them for checkups."

"I wouldn't go to him for a second opinion, I wouldn't let him operate on my dog".

"I'll get things right for you no matter what it takes." Said after PRK and A/K, "Now, we could do Lasik and even R/K. I promise to stand by you, and won't quit until you have good vision".

After my A/K enhancement, which was promised to solve my problems......... "Sure HOPE that does it for ya"!

"My policy is no refunds. We get it right no matter how many surgeries it takes!!! Eventually, something will work!"

"I don't know why you are unhappy - I have patients with 5 diopters of astigmatism."

"A blind man would kill you for your vision."

"As you grow older your pupil will shrink and you won't notice the scars".

"You were -9 and -10 diopters. Now you don't have to wear contacts... you've got to look at the total picture..."

"Well you weren't expecting to see that great........were you?"

"YOU'RE the one who signed the consent form."

"Just try not to notice the ghosts."

"Your brain just has to get used to seeing this way."

"Just drive around with your dome light on or have someone else drive."

"I just advised a guy with pupils your size to not have Lasik based on your experience."

"At your age you would have developed dry eyes anyway."

"Your left eye is just 'in sympathy' with your right...you're trying too hard to see and fuzzing things up!"

"Sometimes we can't get all the epithelial ingrowth out." (First time I'd heard that one.)

"Your left flap looks great; not sure why you think you're having dim light, night time/ starbursting problems. I don't see anything."

Me: What is happening to me? Why are the starbursts getting larger?
Surgeon: Give it time, you're "micro-healing".

"I don't feel sorry for you. I have many, many patients who are far worse off than you."

"Car manufacturers seem to be making headlights brighter these days. We have alot of patients complaining about that. They think it has something to do with the surgery, but it's the headlights."

"What I ASKED you to do was to say if you like 'one' or 'two' better! All you have to do is SAY 'one,' or 'two'!
Those are the ONLY right answers! Anything else is JUST WASTING TIME!"

"Now you told me earlier the glasses over that contact seemed better. You're not telling me the truth now!"

'There is no way the laser caused your floaters. Everybody has them they just don't know it. As a matter of fact, I know of this older gentleman who happens to be a trap shooter and, well it's quite funny, his grandchildren makes fun of him when he shoots at imaginary targets, ha ha ha ha'

"Your visual needs must be very high."

"I'm so sorry. This is not what we like to see after LASIK. Your eye must scare the heck out of LASIK surgeons."

"Be glad you're not blind"

"Hang in there."

"You SHOULD be able to see this!!"


And from Dr. Herbert Nevyas, told to me in July 1999 (as I stated in depositions):

"Deal with it...People lose their sight every day...I'll see you in 8 months"

LASIK Doctors PDF Print E-mail

Go to just about every LASIK website and read the testimonials from people who are "happy and content" with their "great LASIK experience". What you won't find or hear about are the procedures that went wrong, or the number of lawsuits:

Major LASIK chains such as LCA Vision's LASIK Vision Institute (LVI) and LASIK Plus, TLC Laser Eye Centers (and doctors associated with these companies). There are MANY names to add (listed below are a few), Your best bet would be to check your with local or federal courts.

Disclaimer: I do not purport the doctors named to be unsavory, unscrupulous, or otherwise. It is not my intention to slander, defame, cause libel, or otherwise. Doctors are people...PEOPLE ARE NOT PERFECT!

Click the Read More links to view additional information for each doctor listed
Dr. R. David Allara PDF Print E-mail

Charleston, West Virginia

Dr. R. David Allara faces federal drug charges. Agreement allows Allara to apply for reinstatement of license provided he completes in-patient rehabilitation and does not pose a risk to himself or patients. Of course, didn't he pose a risk before he got caught? Kind of makes you wonder...

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