Laser eye surgery is becoming extremely popular in the UK with around 100,000 procedures being carried out each year. Used to cure long-sightedness (hyperopia) and short-sightedness (myopia), it gives hope to many people with failing eyesight. A large section of the population wants to free themselves from glasses and contact lens use and hence decide to undergo the procedure. The technology involved in the procedure is relatively new, only twenty years old, and hence there is no data available about any long term effects. Although the vast majority of procedures are successful and give patients back perfect vision, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists unfortunately reports that there are problems with about 5% of cases. In such cases it may be possible to make a laser eye surgery compensation and clinical negligence claim.
The laser eye surgery procedure involves using the laser to permanently change the shape of the cornea – the transparent ‘lens’ of the eye that covers the iris and pupil. As you can imagine, it is a very invasive procedure. It is normally carried out in private clinics with the cost being met by the patient. The whole procedure normally takes about an hour. It is the responsibility of the provider to make sure the procedure is carried out safely and competently or they risk having to pay laser eye surgery compensation. This includes performing many pre-op checks, as not everyone is suitable for the procedure. It also involves informing patients of the risks involved. If this has not taken place or there was a complication with your procedure then we can advise you on making a clinical negligence claim for medical accident compensation.
Laser eye surgery claims
Below is a list of some problems that have been caused by laser eye surgery:
- Deterioration in vision
- Dryness of the eyes
- Corneal Ectasia
- Night-vision problems
Blindness – Although it has to be stressed that such cases and complications are extremely rare, there have been successful laser surgery claims involving a patient who has lost the sight in an eye due to incorrect use of the laser.
Deterioration in vision – The majority of people report an improvement in their sight, unfortunately some report their sight worsen, and further surgery may be required.
Dryness of the eyes – Laser surgery can cause dryness to the eyes. This can be accompanied by burning and stinging.
Astigmatism – Some patients report double-vision and ‘ghost images’. This can be cured with further surgery.
Corneal Ectasia – A rare complication where fluid pressure builds in the eye.
Night-vision problems – Some patients report a ‘halo’ or ‘starburst effect at night. It can cause problems driving in the dark.
Although it has to be stressed that most complications of laser eye surgery can be rectified by further surgery, in some rare cases long term effects occur. If you have suffered any problems with laser eye surgery, then please call for our free and expert advice. We are skilled professionals who have handled many laser eye surgery claims like yours, providing people with compensation to help them take the next steps. At Ashley Ainsworth we operate on a strict no win no fee basis ensuring that you can make your claim without the worry of financial risk.
Clinical negligence claims
At Ashley Ainsworth we have vast experience in dealing with laser eye surgery compensation claims. We can provide you with a top UK clinical negligence claim solicitor who specialises in the field. They have helped many people before and know exactly the best course of action to get you the compensation package you are entitled too.