Laser eye surgery, also known as Lasik, is an operation that emerged into the public market in 1987 and allows individuals with compromised vision to see properly again without the aid of extra eyewear like glasses or contact lenses. During the procedure, the doctor reshapes the cornea with a special laser and specific operative techniques. In general, patients are sent home that day and see no complications. However, as with any type of surgery, there are risks involved.
What can happen?
Patients who opt to undergo a Lasik procedure put themselves at risk of certain complications associated with this operation. They may experience the following unwanted side effects:
- Loss of vision
- Irregular astigmatism
- Under or overcorrection
- Oversized pupils
- Dry eyes
- Central corneal islands
- Diffuse lamellar keratitis (DLK)
- Flap wrinkles
- Presence of halos or starbursts
Some of these difficulties may be treated (through medication or the use of vision correction devices such as glasses), but others may permanently disable the patient. If an infection is left untreated, then it has the potential to lead to death.
If you would like to learn more about the risks associated with laser eye surgery, or if you have been injured by a negligent eye surgeon, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733 to speak with him about your questions or concerns.