What You Need to Know About the Dangers of LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery is a popular cosmetic surgery to correct certain eye problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism so that a person no longer needs to wear eyeglasses or contact lens. In this procedure, a doctor uses an excimer laser to change the shape of a person’s cornea at the front of the eye with the goal of improving the person’s vision. However, critics—including a whistleblower who was a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official involved in the approval of this procedure—are raising questions about the safety of LASIK surgery and the FDA’s failure to address safety concerns.
Morris Waxler, a former FDA employee and whistleblower, even filed a petition with the FDA asking that it withdraw approval of certain eye surgery laser devices, claiming the scientific testing was shoddy and that he was misled during the FDA approval process by LASIK doctors and laser device makers about the side effects to patients. Unfortunately, his petition was denied. Sadly hundreds of thousands of patients continue to have this elective procedure done, not realizing that they could suffer permanent pain and loss of their vision—sometimes severe enough that the person becomes legally blind.
Five Complications From LASIK Surgery
Potential side effects from LASIK Surgery can cause life-long problems with vision, so anyone considering this procedure must consider them seriously. Possible problems people suffer include:
- Vision loss. Some people experience significant reduction in vision that cannot be corrected by surgery, glasses, or contact lenses.
- Debilitating vision problems. Glare, halos, double vision, and decreased night vision are some of the permanent changes to eyesight that cause serious limitations in a patient’s life.
- Partial results. Often a person can find the surgery improves his vision slightly but that he still needs to use glasses or contact lenses—even if his prescription prior to the surgery was very weak.
- Dry eyes. Some peoples’ eyes can no longer produce sufficient tears to keep their eyes moist and comfortable. This can cause both permanent discomfort, blurred vision, and other vision problems.
- Diminishing results. Even if the LASIK surgery was successful, a person who is farsighted can find that the results diminish as he ages.
Did you or a family member suffer complications after LASIK surgery? You may need to file a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the laser used in your surgery. You may also have a medical malpractice case if the doctor made errors in performing the procedure or failed to warn you of the potential side effects. Call me at 888.716.8021 for a FREE consultation to learn how I can help you obtain the compensation you could be entitled to.