LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusi) is a surgical procedure that corrects a individual’s vision by permanently changing the shape of the cornea. The most popular elective surgery in the United States, LASIK has been performed on more than 2 million people with faulty vision or nearsightedness. Unfortunately, LASIK has been linked to a number of serious side effects including double vision, eye disturbances (haloes, glares, etc.), severe eye syndrome and loss of vision.
While LASIK complications can result from improper surgical technique, many side effects develop because the doctor did not properly screen the patient for LASIK risk factors. Certain individuals should not undergo LASIK, including:
- Those who participate in contact sports where blows the face are frequent
- Individuals with autoimmune disorders, such as HIV or Lupus
- Patients with dry eyes, thin corneas or large pupils
- Individuals with diabetes
- Patients suffering from keratoconus, glaucoma or eye inflammation
- Children under the age of 18
- Those taking certain medications, including retinoic acid or steroids
Surgeons report than the occurrence of complications in LASIK patients is around 1%. However, others believe that this rate is actually much higher. Some reported complications in LASIK patients include:
- Glares and haloes
- Double vision
- Severely dry eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Loss of vision
Some patients experiencing LASIK complications cannot work or drive at night. Other LASIK patients have also had to undergo a corrective corneal transplant to fix their vision problems.
Patients experiencing health problems after undergoing LASIK should speak with a LASIK attorney immediately. Our LASIK attorneys may be able to recover financial compensation to help pay for medical bills and make up for lost wages and loss of earning capacity. To speak to a LASIK lawyer today, simply fill out our free case evaluation form.