LASIK Eye Surgery Malpractice
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LASIK eye surgery, an acronym for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, is surgery in which a flap is cut in the cornea of the eye and a laser is used to correct various visual conditions. Unfortunately, this procedure has caused lasting injury to some patients through the negligence and malpractice of the surgeons and facilities. Long-term complications include:
- Dry eye
- Astigmatism preventing proper focusing
- Macular holes causing blurriness
- Ectasia causing ghosting, distortions, and fluctuating vision
- Light sensitivity
- Additionally, LASIK malpractice arises when the surgeon does not realize that the surgical procedure is contraindicated for certain patients. For example, many patients’ pupils are larger than the optical zone of surgery but the surgeon fails to notice this. Another major LASIK malpractice issue is when a doctor or surgeon fails to diagnose the pre-existing condition of keratoconus, which is a deterioration of the structure of the cornea with gradual bulging from the normal round shape to a cone shape. Other forms of LASIK malpractice are improper creation and lifting of the flap, improper administration of post-op steroid drops causing glaucoma, and poor laser maintenance or product defect.
Were my complications from LASIK Surgery really the result of Malpractice?
Malpractice occurs when a doctor or surgeon fails to use proper standard of care, and that failure results in injury to the patient. While LASIK surgery itself is not complex, most problems arise in pre-surgical screening. When a doctor misses a contraindication the results can be catastrophic. In addition to keratoconus, LASIK should not be performed when the cornea is too thin, or residual stromal beds are less than 250 microns. Failure to properly calibrate the laser can result in "central islands", causing a corneal defect.