Email to LASIK Surgeon, William Trattler MD from damaged patient

Posted on 07-18-2009

July 16, 2009

I wanted to let you know I have seen many of your recent performances at the 2009 ASCRS convention mocking Lasik patients, singing about “ethics going out the window”.  All quite humorous to your colleagues I’m sure.

I also wanted you to know that I am not stupid and I know that you took my medical records from my attorney and then sat on them for three months, running down the statute of limitations before deciding you were “too busy”.

I am planning on using many of your quotes in your quite eloquent email to me about there being “no way to stop bad Lasik surgeons” in to letters to Senator Olympia Snow, Senator Susan Collins, Margaret Hamburg of the FDA and President Barrack Obama.  Since there is no way to stop surgeons like mine or hold them accountable in any way then the only recourse is to ban Lasik. Never mind the very questionable safety and satisfaction “statistics” widely quoted by the refractive surgery community.

And if self proclaimed ethical surgeons like yourself can turn the misery I’ve dealt with for the last 3 years into satire, you deserve to be exposed for what you truly stand for.  Profit over ethics and patient welfare.

Oh, and since resigning my irreplaceable position at LL Bean, I’ve finally gotten the blepharitis under some control without antibiotics.

So, I just need to find a $70K a year job where I can work in a humidity controlled environment, with minimal computer and reading somewhere in the Pacific Northwest or the rainforest and where I only work full time during daylight savings so I don’t have to drive after dark. And try to keep a roof over my head.

But since I am not damaged “enough” to successfully sue William Holt for some restitution even though he clearly committed malpractice (no one disagrees on that point), my story will become very public.  It’s just as well as I would never agree to sign a confidentiality agreement.  I will do everything in my power to make sure he can’t hurt anymore patients.

Natalie Messier
Brunswick, Maine