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What Are the Risks of LASIK?

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?

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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.

According to a report by The New York Times in 2018, a limited number of patients have reported similar chronic dry eyes, burning pain in the upper area of the eyes, and blurred vision. While all of these symptoms are very unfortunate and distressing on their own, they can also lead to a lessened quality of life, possibly causing patients to miss work or suffer from other complications, such as depression.

When Should Patients Seek Legal Aid?

If patients suspect that complications after LASIK may be as a result of medical malpractice, then they may file a claim and sue the liable party in order to seek compensation for medical bills and lost wages during the recovery period, as well as afterward if the complications suffered are chronic. An attorney can help guide them through the legal process and gather evidence to validate the claim in a court of law while they focus on healing.

Leav & Steinberg LLP has over 20 years of experience in personal injury litigation in New York, NY. We do not charge our clients any legal fee until they have won a case. We have won several monumental cases, which is why our clients can count on us for experienced representation. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

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