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A DOCTOR accused of leaving a patient seeing starbursts and ghostly haloes after performing laser surgery on his eyes has been cleared of serious professional misconduct.

Anupam Chatterjee, an ophthalmic surgeon at the Ultralase clinic in Chester, was alleged to have carried out ``laser in situ keratomileusis'', a type of operation known as LASIK, on both of a patient's eyes on the same day, against the guidance of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Mr Chatterjee, of Altrincham, Cheshire, was also accused of not explaining the risks of the surgery to a patient with large pupils.

He denied the allegations.

Solicitor Paul Burton, 39, of Frodsham, Cheshire, who had been myopic since the age of seven, had told the hearing in Manchester that, since having had the surgery in March 2000, he had suffered from continuous side-effects and was ``constantly depressed''. Mr Burton said he was not given a proper consultation before Mr Chatterjee carried out the procedure.

The risks of the pounds 750 operation, particularly those associated with having large pupils, as he was told he had, were not fully explained to him, he said. Mr Chatterjee, who was also accused of mistreating a second patient, had denied serious professional misconduct.

The General Medical Council's professional conduct committee ruled that Mr Chatterjee had not acted in contravention of official guidelines.

It cleared him of serious professional misconduct.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 8, 2003
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