Lasik surgery is a type of refractive surgery that is used to correct vision problems. Lasik surgery can be used to correct many types of vision problems, including nearsightedness and farsightedness, and individuals that undergo Lasik surgery may experience 20/20 vision after the surgery. This type of surgery is an especially popular vision correction technique because of its advantages over other types of vision correction procedures. For example, Lasik surgery is relatively painless and most patients report improved vision as early at the day following the surgery. Furthermore, Lasik surgery is an ambulatory procedure and is performed on an out–patient basis. General anesthesia is not required for Lasik surgery. While this surgery has been very popular, studies have indicated that a number of medical malpractice claims have arisen as a result of Lasik surgery. Individuals filing medical malpractice claims were forced to undergo a second vision correction surgery because the first Lasik surgery was unsuccessful due to the surgeon’s carelessness.
When health care providers fail to follow standard procedures and protocols and a patient suffers an injury as a result, the health care provider may be held liable for medical malpractice.
In the case of careless Lasik surgeons, the injury sustained by the individual (i.e. impaired vision) was a direct result of the surgeon’s negligence. Negligence is grounds for which a medical malpractice claim may be filed. Because Lasik surgery is not a procedure traditionally covered by vision or health insurance, individuals that had to undergo a second vision correction surgery were compelled to pay for the surgery out–of–pocket. By filing a medical malpractice claim, the victims of negligent Lasik surgeons were able to obtain the financial compensation they needed to assist with expensive medical bills.
While Lasik surgery can be successful and beneficial to those with impaired vision, the surgery must be performed by a competent and vigilant surgeon that will keep the best interests of his or her patients in mind. Individuals that have undergone Lasik surgery and are experiencing the following symptoms may be the victims of medical malpractice: double vision, dry eyes, sensitivity to light, blurry vision, or loss of vision. If after Lasik surgery an individual’s vision is not improved or is worse than before surgery, the individual may have legal standing to file a medical malpractice claim. Additional surgery will most likely be needed to correct the vision problem, and the medical bills associated with this procedure will be enormous. Individuals should not have to carry the burden of expensive medical bills if their need for continued treatment is the result of an injury sustained due to a surgeon or physician’s negligence. Victims of medical malpractice may be entitled to financial remuneration for their medical bills.