Advances in technology mean that it's no longer necessary to put up with bulky glasses or the inconvenience of contact lenses as laser surgery can quickly and easily remedy eye defects.
But trusting a surgeon with your eyesight is a major step, because vision is such a crucial and fundamental part of everyday life.
Research suggests that around 5% of cases of eye laser surgery develop complications; these may either be superficial or in the worse cases, result in a permanent problem. If your eye surgeon has been negligent you may be eligible to claim for compensation.
Here's a guide to understanding when you may have grounds to make a claim.
Your eye surgeon should have explained to you in advance that laser treatment carries a small risk and it's true that even in the most diligently carried out procedures, complications can develop.
Eye laser surgery compensation is not as awkward to claim as you'd think.
But as a patient it can be difficult to understand exactly why this might have happened and whether anyone is at fault.
There are lots of reasons why your eye laser surgery may not have gone as planned:
- malfunctioning equipment
- incorrect application of the laser
- surgical mishap during the cutting of the flap such as slicing it too thin, too thick or cutting it off completely
- failure to carry out proper checks on the patient's suitability in advance of laser treatment
- failure to provide proper advice regarding post-surgical care
Unless you ask your surgeon specifically – and you get a truthful answer – you may not always be aware of the reason why the eye laser treatment has not been a success.
The exact nature of the complications can depend on what exactly has gone wrong during surgery and can vary between temporary discomfort to a chronic and permanent condition.
Some of the complications which may result following negligent eye laser surgery could include:
- corneal scarring
- corneal infection
- over or under correction
- corneal haze (long term 'misting' of the visual field)
- Drooping eye lid (ptosis)
- In rare cases blindness
Vision is such a vital sense for many people that even the smallest complication can cause significant disruption in their ability to function normally. Some of the problems which can arise as a result of a negligent laser treatment can be fixed, but in other cases the individual is left to cope with a problem which will affect them for the rest of their life.
Finding a solicitor
If you have suffered any complications as a result of eye laser surgery, talking to a solicitor won't cost you anything and could help to ascertain whether you may have a valid claim.
Many people feel uncomfortable about the prospect of claiming compensation, but if the surgery hasn't gone as planned, you will no doubt have to endure not just discomfort but additional expenditure as you try to cope with the effects of what's happened.
As the innocent party, there's no reason why you should be the one who is left out of pocket. Compensation is about putting you back in the position you should have been if you hadn't been subjected to negligence, and that includes taking pain and distress into account.
Just talking to a solicitor won't cost you a penny.
Medical negligence claims can be extremely complicated to process so finding a solicitor who has experience is vital, particularly for complex treatments such as eye laser surgery. An experienced solicitor will be able to provide honest advice about whether you have a valid claim, or whether you have just been unlucky.
If you have had laser eye surgery claims, you may be under the impression that no-one is at fault but that may not necessarily be the case. By talking to a solicitor you can get the true facts of what really happened and claim compensation if you are now suffering as a result of medical negligence.