Have you experienced vision problems following LASIK surgery?
While LASIK, or laser assisted in situ kerastomileuis, has been a common form of corrective eye surgery since its introduction in 1998 and despite its promotion as a relatively safe procedure, LASIK is not without risks. A recent report (2008) in the American Journal of Ophthalmology found that in 28% of eyes treated with LASIK required a second procedure to correct under-correction, overcorrection or regression.
Another potential problem with the LASIK procedure is that many of the risks may be minimized to the prospective patient. In some offices, prospective patients meet with a counselor instead of a medical professional before the full range of risks and consequences are discussed.
The surgery itself proceeds with a microkeratome to cut the top layers of the cornea to create a flap. A laser bean is then used to shape the cornea for vision correction. After the reshaping of the cornea, the flap is replaced.
While each case is unique where faulty equipment or substandard care results in injuries to patients, common allegations of negligence include failure to perform a pre-surgery screening, incorrect operation of equipment during the procedure and failure to perform adequate post procedure care.
Side Effects from improper care or faulty equipment may include:
- Blurry vision
- Double vision
- Scarring of the Cornea
- Dry eyes
- Light Sensitivity
- Halo or Starburst Effects at Night
- Loss of Vision
Certainly, the extent of these conditions varies and some patients manage them without significant consequence. However, in other patients, the combination or severity of the side effects make day to day activities difficult and may result in depression, headaches and a poorer quality of life.