Many Americans are attracted to the idea of throwing away their eyeglasses or contact lenses by undergoing a simple, quick, painless operation. The LASIK operation – Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis — is also very profitable for eye surgeons. When a patient loses the ability to use the eye from a post-operative complication, sometimes a medical malpractice suit is appropriate.
A key focus is whether the patient was a good candidate for the surgery in the first place. There are many reasons why an ophthalmologist should turn away a patient who wants the surgery: dry eyes, thin corneas, or unrelated eye diseases are all reasons not to have the surgery.
The surgery involves creating a “flap” on the top layer of the cornea, pulling it to one side temporarily, using the laser to shave a computer-calculated amount of the cornea underneath the flap, then putting the flap back in place like a bandage. So one frequent area of problems is the cornea flap becoming wrinkled, torn or infected.
Consult with an Experienced Malpractice Attorney
If you believe you or a family member has been seriously injured from medical malpractice, medical error, or neglect by a doctor, hospital, nurse, clinic, nursing home or other health care provider, you may want to click here to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney for a free evaluation of your case. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 202-742-1500 or 888-625-6635 toll-free. We will respond within 24 hours. There is no charge for our initial consultation.