Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery is a popular alternative to eyeglasses or contacts. It is a refractive surgery where the patient’s vision is corrected rapidly by sharpening the vision and reshaping the cornea of the eye. It is used to correct hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism. Before performing this operation, the ophthalmologist is required to conduct certain preoperative procedures ensure that the patient is fit to undergo the surgery. Like any procedure, there are certain risks, side effects and complications associated with LASIK. The doctor is required to fully disclose the risks that may be associated with it, and the patient’s consent in undergoing the surgery.

LASIK Surgery Risks and Surgery Malpractice

People who have large pupils, thin corneas, and those who already experience dry eyes are most at risk to suffer LASIK eye surgery complications. The surgery is also not prescribed to those whose occupations have high occurrences of head trauma, such as boxers and football players. The LASIK eye surgery is also not recommended for those who have glaucoma, those who take blood-thinning medications, and those who are pregnant. LASIK eye surgery has also not been approved for individuals under 18 years of age.

People who suffer complications are typically those who were not properly screened prior to surgery. Complications caused by LASIK surgery include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Visual aberrations such as double vision, ghosting, halos, starbursts and loss of contrast sensitivity
  • Infections such as redness or oozing
  • Undercorrection
  • Overcorrection
  • Flap folds
  • Diffused lamellar keratits (DLK)
  • Keratectasia
  • Corneal ectasia
  • Visual acuity fluctuation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Posterior vitreous detachment

Did You Have Severe LASIK Surgery Complications?

If you or a loved one have suffered because of a mistake made during LASIK eye surgery, you may want to speak with one of our RI lawyers regarding a potential claim. d’Oliveira & Associates, Rhode Island personal injury lawyers, are working with some of the leading lawyers handling medical malpractice.

Please contact the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation.