Millions of people who rely on glasses or contacts will consider undergoing LASIK surgery to correct their vision. The thought of a laser making incisions in their eyes may be frightening, but one the other hand, they would never have to worry about losing a contact lens or wearing heavy glasses every day for the rest of their lives.
However, some patients have found that LASIK eye surgery causes more problems than it solves—and they may end up regretting the decision to go under the knife.
LASIK Surgery Has Risks (and it May Not Correct Your Vision)
LASIK, or laser in-situ keratomileusis, involves lasers cutting a flap in the cornea and reshaping the tissues underneath. The flap is then replaced over the cornea to protect the eye and promote healing. Although LASIK surgery can be effective for some, many patients have suffered a number of complications after the procedure, including:
- Dry eye. When the flap is cut by the laser, the nerves responsible for tear production are severed, making dry eye a common complication of LASIK. Patients with chronic dry eye often suffer pain, burning, itching, soreness, and other vision problems caused by dry eye, which is likely to be permanent.
- Visual field issues. LASIK patients may notice problems seeing clearly in dim light, and experience night vision problems such as glare, starbursts, double vision, or halos around objects.
- Glaucoma. LASIK can make it difficult to measure intraocular pressure in affected patients, making it more likely that a patient will suffer undiagnosed glaucoma and eventual vision loss.
- Cataracts. Not only do the steroid drops commonly prescribed after LASIK increase the risk of cataracts, the unreliable measurement of intraocular pressure in LASIK patients can make cataract surgery less effective.
- Eye injuries. In serious cases, LASIK patients may suffer corneal flap dislocation, retinal detachment, inflammation or eye infections, and may need cornea transplant surgery.
- Vision correction. In addition to all of these risks, patients who elect to have LASIK surgery may still require glasses to see. Patients may need corrective lenses due to under or overcorrection of their vision during surgery, and LASIK will not eliminate the need for reading glasses in patients over the age of 40.
What Should I Do If LASIK Made My Vision Worse?
Since the effects of LASIK are irreversible and often permanent, surgeons are required to let patients know all of the surgery risks up front, and should advise patients who are unsuitable candidates to consider other options. Call Wayne Wright LLP at 800-237-3334 today to see if you could be owed compensation for your hospital bills, future treatments, and other losses.