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Laser Eye Surgery Claims
Laser eye surgery is intended to correct common eye disorders, yet it is not unknown for the procedure to go wrong, resulting in very serious problems for the patient. If you or someone you know has suffered because of laser eye surgery negligence, making a claim for compensation can help to make up for the damage caused. The JMW team is highly experienced in laser eye surgery claims and can provide the assistance you need to gain the compensation to which you are entitled.
Speak to our team by calling us on 0800 054 6512 or by completing our online enquiry form. Doing so will enable us to discuss your situation in more detail and provide you with all the information you need to progress your case.
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There are a number of possible complications associated with laser eye surgery. These include:
- Haze or scarring
- Over or under correction
- Corneal erosions
- Rise in eye fluid pressure
- Halo effect
- Dry eyes
While over 90% of eye laser procedures result in a pleasing outcome for the patient, around 1% will develop complications following surgery, so it is important that potential side effects, alternative treatments and realistic expected outcomes are clearly discussed with the patient before embarking on this type of procedure.
In addition to laser eye surgery, other related complications include:
- Glaucoma - Typically caused by the build-up of fluid in the eye, resulting in very high pressure in the eye. It is important that diagnosis of this serious condition is not delayed
- Cataract surgery - Poor surgical technique can fail to combat cataracts, which can cause vision impairment
- Detachment of the retina - If not treated quickly, a detached retina can lead to severe vision impairment and even blindness
Laser eye surgery is a procedure intended to correct common eye disorders known as refractive errors and to eliminate or reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. Such procedures have increased in popularity over the last few years. Not surprisingly, the number of laser eye surgery negligence claims reported by doctors insured by the Medical Defence Union has also increased.
There exist a number of different forms of laser eye surgery, including:
- LASIK - The reshaping of underlying corneal tissue
- Wavefront-guided LASIK - A form of LASIK to reduce natural irregularities in the eye
- PRK - Reshaping of the cornea using a laser
- LASEK - Creation of an epitheal flap using a 20% alcohol solution
This technique involves the removal of superficial corneal tissue under a protective corneal flap. The removal of this tissue alters the curvature of the cornea, allowing better focusing of light on to the retina.
Preoperative evaluation is vital as it is necessary to assess how much of the stromal bed should be removed. Normal patients have a cornea that is usually 550 - 600 microns thick. At least 250 microns of the stromal bed should remain during laser eye surgery to reduce the risk of corneal instability caused by excessive thinning of the stromal bed.
However, if a patient presents with an already thin cornea - less than 550 microns, for instance - this limits the amount of stromal bed that can be removed during the procedure. If the safety margin is unknown because pre assessment has not been undertaken, or not been evaluated correctly, there is a risk that too much tissue will be removed during the procedure resulting in loss of normal cornea stability.
JMW has one of the most experienced and respected medical and clinical negligence teams in the UK. We offer no win, no fee funding, ensuring you place yourself at no financial risk by making a claim through us. You can also rest assured that if you decide not to take matters further, you will not be charged for our initial advice session.
We are part of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel, while several are also members of the specialist Law Society panel of medical negligence experts.