Lasik Errors and Personal Injury
If you are somebody who has worn glasses or contacts for a long time – or who would simply prefer not to have to wear them — then the idea of having a quick surgery that would almost magically restore your vision is undoubtedly appealing. Lasik surgery is a relatively new medical technology that has provided clearer vision to many Americans. The process involves using lasers to reshape the cornea. This lets light enter the eye in a way that allows the retina to focus properly. In most cases, laser eye surgery is pain-free and provides exactly the results that are being sought, but in some instances there are complications. Though there are no guarantees and always risks involved with surgery, sometimes these complications are a result of a doctor’s negligence. If you have already had Lasik surgery and have suffered an injury that you think might be a result of carelessness, call Perkins Injury Lawyers today to set up a free consultation.
There are a number of things that can go wrong when laser surgery is done on the eye. These include:
- Under Correction – Under correction refers to the surgeon not providing enough of a service to have provided you with the improvement that you were seeking. Lasik surgery can be expensive and requires time out of work both for the surgery itself and for recovery. It may mean that you have paid for surgery that provided you with insufficient reshaping of corneal tissue and that leaves you needing to have more surgery, or at least was a waste of your time.
- Over Correction — If the surgeon goes too far with their use of the laser there is a risk of losing too much corneal tissue. This can mean that your vision ends up worse than it was, and you can possibly suffer from night blindness.
- Irregular Astigmatism or Higher Order Aberrations – When the cornea is left damaged and irregular after Lasik surgery it causes patients to start seeing multiple images.
- GASH Injuries – When Lasik is improperly done it can leave patients suffering from vision that is affected by Glare, Arcing, Starbursts, or Halos (GASH).
- Blindness – Complete loss of vision can occur when the surgeon makes a mistake with the laser.
When you made the decision to have Lasik surgery, you likely spent time researching in order to find a physician who would provide you with the highest level of skill. If the person that you chose was careless in their use of the laser it can leave you with injuries ranging from needing additional surgery to correct the problem to permanent disability. Not only is this extremely upsetting and time consuming, but it is also costly, and the person responsible should pay for the damage that they have done. The attorneys at Perkins Injury Lawyers are committed to helping those who have suffered personal injuries at the hands of negligent physicians. Call us today to learn more about the legal assistance we can provide.