LASIK stands for laser in situ keratomileusis. This elective surgical procedure is intended to treat refractive errors, improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. Unfortunately, LASIK errors are not uncommon.
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How Does LASIK Work
Surgeons who perform LASIK procedures use a laser underneath a corneal flap in order to reshape the cornea. During the treatment, a surgeon will create a thin and precisely hinged corneal flap using what is called a microkeratome.
Once the surgeon has created the flap, he or she then pulls it back to expose the underlying corneal tissue. Using the excimer laser, he or she will reshape the cornea in a unique and pre-specified pattern for the particular patient.
After the procedure has been completed, the flap is gently repositioned onto the underlying cornea without sutures.
Risks of LASIK
While many patients are happy with their vision following a LASIK procedure, there are some risks involved. The American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery’s eye surgery education council estimates that more than 700,000 LASIK procedures are performed each year. However, according to the FDA, LASIK eye surgery complications occur in up to 5 percent of cases.
Some of the most common risks of LASIK surgery include the following:
Over-Correction or Under-Correction
In some cases, patients require an enhancement surgery in order to sharpen their vision. Patients who have more extreme prescriptions are at a higher risk for needing an enhancement surgery. These types of surgeries cannot be performed until several months after the initial surgery, as the patient’s eyes require time to heal and for their eyeglass prescription to stabilize. In rare cases, some patients may not be able to have an enhancement surgery. This typically happens if their corneas are too thin or abnormally shaped after the first surgery.
Need for Glasses or Contact Lenses after Surgery
This complication is extremely rare for the average person. If both of the patient’s eyes were corrected for good distance vision, they may still need glasses for close vision if presbyopia develops. Presbyopia is a normal part of the aging process.
Some patients have reported regression of their desired treatment years after the surgery has occurred. This complication is common in those with hyperopia (farsightedness). If regression does occur, it is common for an additional surgery to be able to correct this issue.
Especially in low light, there are some visual effects that patients have experienced that decrease visual quality. Some of these effects include anisometropia, aniseikonia, double vision, hazy vision, fluctuating vision during the day and from day to day, increased sensitivity to light, glare, shadows and seeing halos around lights. Some of these effects can be permanent.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Most patients who undergo the LASIK procedure experience dry-eye symptoms right after surgery, but for some, symptoms may worsen. Dry-eye symptoms that develop may include burning and redness and even decreased vision. Sometimes this condition becomes permanent and can require prescriptions in order to improve tear production.
In rare cases, LASIK can result in complete loss of vision. Blindness after a procedure can be a result of flap-related complications, equipment malfunction, infection, scarring or extreme changes in corneal shape. If you have gone blind after receiving LASIK, you should explore your legal options right away.
Contact an Experienced LASIK Error Attorney
A study conducted by John W. Simon, MD, of Albany Medical College found that 90 percent of all eye surgery errors could have been prevented. If you or a loved one suffers from a LASIK error, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your losses.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that if someone suffers harm due to the actions or negligence of another person or entity, they should be held accountable for the damages related to the injury. Our team of dedicated legal professionals has the skills and the resources necessary to successfully litigate a medical malpractice claim.
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