LASIK, short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, can be one of the safest eye surgeries currently available. First approved by the FDA in 1999, the operation is designed to help treat myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia. The success rate for LASIK is 96%, according to the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. However, like any surgery, there can still be unforeseen complications, particularly in instances of medical malpractice or negligence occurring during the surgery. Medical malpractice may include misdiagnoses and the use of unqualified medical personnel.
What Are the Risks Involved?
While it isn’t uncommon for patients to experience problems within the first few weeks or months as their eyes adjust to the procedure, including temporary dry eyes, halo vision, or lessened night vision, there have been reports from patients of itching, burning, and decreased vision, according to a report by WebMD. This can result from nerve damage that happened during surgery. During the procedure, the doctor uses a laser to destroy a portion of the cornea and then reshapes the cornea, altering the way that light focuses on the retina. Further, the FDA has admitted that because the procedure is relatively new, its long-term results are unknown.