Skilled LASIK Surgery Injury Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri
At The Gogel Law Firm, our St. Louis medical malpractice attorney knows Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery is the best known and most commonly performed laser refractive surgery to correct vision problems.
During LASIK surgery, a special type of cutting laser is used to precisely change the shape of the cornea, which is the dome-shaped clear tissue at the front of the eye to improve vision, giving patients an alternative to glasses, or contact lenses.
When Missouri residents trust LASIK surgeons to improve their vision, but are injured — or worse, lose their eyesight as a result — we want to help them pursue the physician or facility where the procedure was performed for their damages.
What are the Risks Associated with LASIK Surgery?
Certain side effects of LASIK eye surgery include dry eyes and temporary vision problems, like increased light sensitivity, glare, halos, and double vision. In most cases, these issues usually clear up after a few weeks or months, and very few people consider them to be a long-term problem.
However, the long-term risks associated with LASIK surgery may include, but are not limited to:
If the laser removes too little tissue from the eye, the undercorrection may require a secondary procedure.
If the laser removes too much tissue from the eye, the overcorrect is much harder to fix, and may result in permanent vision problems.
Uneven tissue removal can result in an Astigmatism, which may require additional surgery, glasses, or contact lenses.
- Flap Problems.
Folding back or removing the flap from the front of your eye during surgery can cause complications, including infection and excess tears. In addition, the outermost corneal tissue layer may grow abnormally underneath the flap during the healing process.
Regression causes the patient’s vision to slowly change back toward the original prescription.
- Vision Loss or Changes.
Surgical complications can result in loss of vision, leaving patients not seeing as sharply or clearly.
If your Missouri LASIK surgery left you with permanent damage, contact our St. Louis medical malpractice attorney today to review your case by calling (314) 370-8173 or online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the physician or vision center liable for your full financial recovery.