Just about everyone these days knows someone who has had LASIK eye surgery. This popular surgical procedure to improve vision has worked wonders for many patients.
However, the flipside to the story is that some patients have dealt with lasting injuries brought on by negligence and malpractice from surgeons.
What is LASIK?
LASIK, which stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, is a procedure that was developed about 20 years ago to combat astigmatism, myopia and other common vision issues. The surgical procedure is relatively simple and is undertaken by cutting a flap in the corneal tissue of the eye before a laser is used to correct the visual condition.
Typically, any complications disappear within a couple of weeks of surgery. Unfortunately, this is not the case for some patients. These patients have to deal with long-term complications ranging from pain to dry eye to light sensitivity to, in some cases, blindness.
How do you know if you have legitimate malpractice suit? Many of the complications have arisen not because of a botched surgery, such as an errant cutting of the flap in the corneal tissue, but because of poor pre-surgical screening. Some patients simply should not have been allowed to receive the procedure.
For example, people with thin or cone-shaped corneas are not good candidates for LASIK surgery, yet some patients were still OK’d for LASIK.
Complications from LASIK surgery can lead to a lifetime of problems and “visual exhaustion.” Sometimes victims can have difficulty driving or working as a result. Sometimes it affects their personal and social lives, too.
If you or someone you know has experienced a serious LASIK surgery complication, you should seek the advice of an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney who can help you seek justice for your injuries.
Robert Webb is an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with Webb & D’Orazio, a law firm specializing in Atlanta personal injury, malpractice, criminal defense, and business law. Learn more at Webbdorazio.com.