LASIK Patients Report Eye Problems, Blindness
Every year, more than 1 million Americans undergo LASIK surgery to correct their vision. In fact, Lasik eye surgery is the most popular elective procedure in the country. Unfortunately, patients have reported a variety of LASIK complications including astigmatism, visual disturbances, sensitivity to light, pain and even blindness. If you or a loved one have experienced any unusual eye problems following LASIK surgery, fill out our free case evaluation form to discuss your legal options with a Lasik attorney.
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusi) is a surgical procedure that helps individuals see without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. Most commonly performed on those with nearsightedness, Lasik surgery permanently alters the shape of the patient’s cornea.
Certain individuals should not undergo LASIK surgery. It is the duty of the doctor to determine whether the individual is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Patients with certain eye or medical conditions may have a greater risk of complications following LASIK surgery. Individuals should not undergo LASIK surgery if they:
- Participate in contact sports
- Required a change in their contact or eye glasses prescription in the last year
- Have a disease that may prevent a wound from healing (HIV, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis)
- Are under the age of 18
The LASIK surgeon should also screen the patient for a certain conditions that may put the patient at risk for LASIK complications. The doctor should check for large pupils, thin corneas and dry eyes. He or she should also ask the patient if they had a previous refractive surgery.
While LASIK surgeons report a complication rate of 1%, many believe the real estimate is much higher. Some complications reported by LASIK patients include:
- Lost lines of vision
- Visual disturbances, including glares, haloes, and double vision
- Severe dry eye syndrome
- Eye pain
- Light sensitivity
- Macular holes
While complications can occur from the actual surgical procedure, many LASIK injuries develop because the individual had a risk factor that should have made him or her ineligible for such a procedure.
Patients who suffer severe LASIK complications may now face physical and financial difficulties. Many patients have difficulty driving at night, while others can no longer work because of LASIK complications. Some LASIK patients have also reportedly undergone corneal transplants to fix vision problems.
The law allows for patients to seek legal recourse when a doctor’s negligence leads to injury. If you have experienced serious complications following your LASIK surgery, fill out our free case evaluation form. Our LASIK attorneys may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and loss of earning capacity.