When people in New Jersey consider LASIK eye surgery, they may simply want to improve their vision and be free of the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, refractive surgery can have serious, negative impacts on many patients as well, and it can be difficult to learn about the potential risks when the procedure is heavily advertised and promoted by doctors and medical offices. The skill of the doctor performing the surgery and the quality of the medical equipment used can also have a major impact on positive and negative outcomes from a LASIK procedure.
While there are a number of risks that can cause concern, some of the most serious can derive from doctor errors or equipment malfunction; in other cases, they may be due to the structure of the eyes. For example, some patients actually lose vision in significant areas of the eyes after the procedure. When this takes place, vision can no longer be corrected with glasses, contacts or further surgery. For other patients, the results of the surgery may mean a loss of night vision, increased glare or halos around lights.
Many people who have LASIK eye surgery do not achieve 20/20 vision; instead, especially for those with high prescriptions, they may continued to need contacts or glasses even after the surgery. Some may need reading glasses after the procedure is complete. For still more patients, severely dry eyes may cause pain and blurred vision as a result.
People who went through LASIK eye surgery hoping for better vision and came out with vision loss or damage to the eyes may be dealing with the results for a lifetime. Those who have sustained injuries may benefit from consulting with a medical malpractice attorney. A lawyer may be able to assess the case and potentially move forward with a claim against the parties responsible for the surgical failure.