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Dangers Associated with Lasik

by Jared Staver in Medical Malpractice

Lasik eye surgery has improved the vision of hundreds of thousands of people and reduced their need for glasses and contacts. Although Lasik eye surgery has made a positive difference in the lives of many, it has caused complications in some patients. While the majority of Lasik complications subside after a few weeks, others can be long-term or even permanent.

If you have suffered from a Lasik-related complication, you should reach out to our medical malpractice lawyers right away at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900.

Under Correction and Over Correction

If your surgeon fails to adequately reshape your corneal tissues while performing Lasik, you may suffer from under correction and could be left with the same eye issues you started with. In the event your surgeon shaves off too much corneal tissue, your vision issues may be over corrected and could lead to nighttime blindness.

Dry Eyes

Dry eyes are a common complication of Lasik. Since nerve sensitivity may be reduced during Lasik surgery, your eyes may not be able to sense when you need to be re-hydrated with tears. While some Lasik patients experience dry eyes for several days or weeks, others can face chronic dry eyes.

Halos

Halos are a common light-related Lasik complication that occur when there are rings around bright lights and light sources. They can affect the way you see at night or under dimly lit conditions. Even though they usually decrease over time, you could experience them years after Lasik surgery.

Double Vision

Double vision could occur up to six months after a Lasik surgery. Dry eyes that are caused by the surgery as well as surgery-related swelling may both contribute to double vision.

Flap Wrinkles

After Lasik, you may notice wrinkles in your corneal flap. Although these wrinkles may be harmless, they can lead to vision issues. Additionally, flap wrinkles can be a concern that the corneal flap may be not be able to heal, which can cause problems for anyone who leads an active lifestyle.

Sensitivity to Light

Sensitivity to light is common immediately after a Lasik surgery. However, in some patients it can develop into Transient Light Sensitivity, which is a chronic and painful condition. If you experience light sensitivity that does not fade, you should seek treatment immediately to prevent this condition from developing.

Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis

Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis or DLK is an inflammation that occurs underneath the Lasik flap after surgery. In very rare cases, this condition can lead to the scarring of the cornea and permanent vision loss. Fortunately, antibiotics and topical steroids will improve this condition.

Epithelial Ingrowth

When corneal tissue grows under the Lasik flap, epithelial ingrowth occurs. Some of the most common symptoms of epithelial ingrowth include blurry vision and discomfort. If this condition affects your vision, the tissue can be removed through an additional surgery.

Suffering from a Lasik Complication? Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you are suffering from a Lasik complication, you should call our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at (312) 236-2900. We can determine whether the negligence of your surgeon or a defect in their equipment caused your complication. If negligence is established, we may be able to recover compensation for your damages.