LASIK is a common form of corrective laser eye surgery that has been widely used since it was first introduced in 1998. However, a number of patients have experienced serious complications with their vision that could cause debilitating injury. In many cases, these Lasik eye surgery problems were caused by medical malpractice, or the surgeon’s failure to follow the appropriate standard of care.
STATUS OF LASER EYE SURGERY LAWSUITS: Medical malpractice lawsuits have been successfully brought against eye surgeons for carelessness during pre-surgery screening, incorrect operation of equipment during the procedure and negligent post-operative follow up.
OVERVIEW: LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in-situ kerastomileusis, is a form of eye surgery that uses a laser to improve a patient’s vision and reduce their need for glasses or contact lenses.
During the eye surgery, a surgical instrument known as a microkeratome is used to cut through the top layers of the cornea to create a flap. A laser beam is used to reshape the cornea for vision correction and the corneal flap is replaced.
Although advertisements often minimize the risks associated with Lasik, a 2008 report in the American Journal of Ophthalmology found that re-surgery was needed on 28% of eyes treated with LASIK in the last 10 years due to undercorrection, overcorrection or regression.
LASIK PROBLEMS: Nearly all LASIK surgery procedures are paid out of the pocket of the consumer, and the process has developed into more of a sales process than a medical consultation.
Potential patients often meet with a counselor who is not medically trained to determine if they are a candidate for laser eye surgery, and are usually not fully informed of the risks until after they have paid money out of their pocket and are far along in the pre-surgery process.
Unfortunately, many patients who undergo LASIK procedures are not ideal candidates, and could be left with serious and often disabling vision problems that they were not properly warned about. Reported Lasik problems, which could be linked to a medical mistake before, during or after the eye surgery, include:
- Blurry Vision
- Double Vision
- Scarring of the Cornea
- Dry Eyes
- Sensitivity to Light
- Halo or Starburst Effects at Night
- Loss of Vision
While the extent of these problems can vary, some patients are unable to conduct many of the day-to-day activities they used to be able to perform, are left with headaches and depression, and severe quality of life loss.