LASIK or any vision correction surgery is meant to improve your eyesight and your quality of life. However, in the hands of an incompetent or negligent surgeon, it may not produce the desired result. In fact, you may be worse off than when you started. In the United States, more than 1 million people undergo some type of corrective laser eye surgery each year. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 50,000 of those who undergo these procedures suffer from some type of vision problem or loss of vision because of either equipment failure or product defect or as a result of medical malpractice.
Vision loss, needless to say, is a serious problem. It affects your ability to do your job or earn your livelihood. It also affects your quality of life, your ability to enjoy life and do things on your own without depending on someone else. When you opt for laser eye surgery or other commonly performed eye surgery, it is very important that your surgeon or doctor discusses the procedure as well as its risks and complications so you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to undergo that procedure. It is a doctor’s responsibility to ask you the right question and do proper screening to make sure that you are a good candidate for that procedure.
However, with LASIK eye centers becoming about as commonplace as Starbucks, some high volume surgeons often do not have the time or the patience to screen their patients properly. They are too focused on the number of procedures they need to finish in a day and in the end, how much money they made. However, the consequences of improper screening can be devastating for the patient.
The worst consequence that can come out of any eye surgery – laser or otherwise – is the total loss of vision. With many patients, this vision loss has been permanent and irreversible. What that means is that the vision loss cannot be corrected with any other procedure and cannot be reversed even by waiting for days, weeks or month.
If you or a loved one has suffered partial or complete loss of vision as a result of medical negligence, please contact a LASIK lawyer at the Law Office of Todd J. Krouner, P.C. to find out more information about your legal rights and options. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and loss of enjoyment of life, emotional anguish and other related damages. Our medical experts will assess your case and determine whether you have a medical malpractice claim. Call us today at (914) 238-5800 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free and comprehensive consultation.