TAMPA - Marco Musa's Florida-based
optical empire has been the focus of state and federal
investigations, but somehow, he has managed to stay in business and
make millions in the process.
Musa is the president of LVI, the Lasik Vision Institute. He runs
several companies from his headquarters in Lake Worth.
"I also own a chain of optical stores. We have investments in
real estate, we have an over $200-million company, so it's hard to
keep an eye on absolutely every little detail of what goes on," he
Action News investigator Mike Mason offered to fill Musa in on
some of the problems at his Tampa Lasik facility. Mike interviewed
six patients who went there for Lasik surgery on the same day, and
they all got terrible eye infections.
"I only did this for the convenience of not having to wear
contact lenses, and now I am in worse shape than before I started,"
explained patient Kathy Jasmin, who now wishes she never went there.
Each time Mike asked Musa a question, he got the same answer.
I can tell you is, from my experience, from our research and from
everyone we've talked to, is the Lasik Vision Institute offers the
very most experienced surgeons, which is the most important thing in
any patient's mind," he repeatedly spouted.
Musa must know something about what's important to patients. He's
been very successful, for years.
He owns Eyeglass World, an optical chain store. At one point, he
had 50 outlets in 17 states.
Musa also owns LVI. Aside from the office in Tampa, there are
others popping up throughout the country. Musa now owns 119 centers
in 37 states.
With business booming, Musa has been spending his money, buying a
Bentley and other luxury automobiles. He's also renovating a
multi-million-dollar mansion -- prime property in Palm Beach County.
has a beautiful view of the ocean. Meanwhile, Kathy Jasmin can
barely see a thing, and she is certainly not making millions.
oceanfront mansion is being renovated.
"I had just taken my real estate exam, gotten my license, was all
set to start working. And at this point, I can't put anybody in my
car and drive them around. I can barely drive myself around," Kathy
Medical officials warn: before having Lasik surgery, you should
always investigate the company first.
One option is checking out a company with the local Better
Business Bureau. According to the Bay area BBB, LVI's Tampa office
has an unsatisfactory record because of unanswered consumer
Related link: Bay area Better Business Bureau: http://www.clearwater.bbb.org/
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