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Florida doctor says suicides linked to Lasik eye surgery is far from far-fetched

Local doctor says suicides linked to Lasik eye surgery is far from far-fetched (WPEC)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WPEC) — A mother and well-known TV personality is dead after committing suicide.

Speculation is swirling connecting the wife and mother of two’s suicide to Lasik eye surgery gone wrong.

Intelligent and full of personality is how co-workers describe 35-year-old meteorologist Jessica Starr. She committed suicide on Wednesday after complaining about her Lasik surgery for months.

“Eye pain is really something that catches your attention because it doesn’t allow you to go about your daily activities because it’s there all the time and it can be totally debilitating,” physician Kenneth Maller said.

Maller specializes in fixing botched Lasik surgeries, and his patients come in from around the world with a variety of vision problems.

“As a result, some of them are angry, some of them are frustrated, some of them seem depressed, some of them have really lost all hope,” he said.

Starr took her life one month after telling fans on Facebook that she was struggling so hard to recover from the surgery that she had to stop wearing contacts.

Maller says a decade ago, he treated Paul Fitzpatrick, a father of two from Canada. Maller was able to help Fitzpatrick’s vision, but not his pain.

“Which is heartbreaking. In the end, he wasn’t able to deal with the pain, so he committed suicide,” he said.

The support group "Lasik Complications" claims 11 people killed themselves over issues with the surgery.

Maller says people need to be aware of the risks associated with this surgery.

He says if you’ve had Lasik surgery and you’re experiencing pain and suffering, don’t give up hope. He says there are solutions, but the first thing you need to do is reach out to a specialist.

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