LASIK, a form of refractive surgery that has been around since the mid-90s, stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis, which means using a laser underneath a corneal flap (in situ) to reshape the cornea. While statistically, LASIK is a safe procedure, sometimes there are adverse consequences. Since the end of 1999, I have represented over one hundred individuals who have been harmed by LASIK surgery.
Before considering whether LASIK (or any other refractive surgery) is right for you, do some research. Online, the Food and Drug Administration has a complete section on LASIK. Other sites, such as Medicinenet.com have good, relevant information.
In addition to doing online research, you should absolutely discuss with your eye doctor whether LASIK surgery is a good option for you. I’ve devised a list of questions you should consider before undergoing this procedure. The FDA site lists many of the risks you face while undergoing LASIK surgery and publishes its own Surgery Checklist.
While it is likely most LASIK surgeries will be successful, oftentimes there is a bad outcome. Frequently, this is only a temporary setback, and your doctor can alleviate the problem.
On the other hand, some situations are cannot be fixed, and were caused by medical negligence. All of Greg’s LASIK clients who were injured suffered some form of permanent injury. In cases where there is a permanent problem, you should consult with an experienced lawyer to determine your legal rights.