LASIK has become a common elective surgical procedure in Providence County and throughout the U.S. in recent years. Countless people may see it as a way to correct near-and farsightedness and astigmatism. However, like all surgical procedures, it is not without its risks. Proponents of LASIK may champion it largely due to its low error rate, which, according to WedMD, is estimated to be between 2 and 5 percent. Unfortunately, if you happen to fall into that demographic, the results of your LASIK errors can be devastating.
Just what may those results be? Some include:
- Halos Double vision
- Severe dry eye
- Corneal damage
- Loss of vision
In many cases, your loss of visual acuity following a botched LASIK procedure can be permanent.
Laser surgical techniques are known for their precision. Thus, when errors occur with a procedure such as LASIK, they can typically be attributed to provider error. From poor pre-operative screening or inadequate post-operative care, to the use of faulty equipment or improper surgical techniques, there are several steps in the LASIK process where your surgeon may have a made a mistake. If you or a family member has suffered from such a mistake, a comprehensive review of your provider’s process may pinpoint where he or she could have dropped the ball.
How are you to know this? You may want to speak with one or several other LASIK providers to try to create an idea for what the standard of care for this procedure may be. Then, you can compare that to what your surgeon did to see where he or she may have deviated from it.
While the information given above should not be viewed as a substitute for legal advice, it may provide you with a foundation on which you can build a case for negligence.