Lasik surgery is often advertised as a solution to vision problems. The idea of getting rid of glasses or contact lenses for good is appealing to many. However, like any other procedure, Lasik surgery can go wrong, sometimes badly wrong.
Long term complications of lasik surgery can include:
- - Dry eyes, sometimes to the point of needing to use artificial tears. Temporary dry eye is normal after the surgery, but it can become permanent for some patients.
- - Ocular neuropathic pain, that is to say burning, itching or discomfort caused by damage to the cornea.
- Reduced night vision, or reduced vision in fog.
- - Overcorrection, that is when the laser removes too much tissue from your eye. This can cause your vision problems to go from nearsighted to farsighted.
- - Undercorrection, with two little tissue being removed, resulting in still needing glasses.
- - Astigmatism, due to uneven tissue removal.
- - Abnormal healing of the outermost layer of the cornea.
- - Loss or changes to vision in general.
The best way to avoid these problems is to choose a reputable surgeon and avoid surgeons that are offering special deals or reduced prices. As lasik surgery is elective, there are a lot of clinics which try to push their services, sometimes to people who are not good candidates (this includes people who have dry eyes, very large pupils, thin corneas or who participate in contact sports).
We Can Help
If you experience complications after lasik surgery, then you may be able to bring a suit for medical malpractice against the surgeon. You should contact a qualified attorney immediately, choosing one who has specific experience in these cases. You can actually get pretty large damages, especially if you have significant vision loss that might leave you unable to, for example, drive safely. If you have been on the receiving end of botched lasik surgery, contact Smiley & Smiley, LLP today to schedule a consultation. Check out some of our past victories here.