Laser eye surgery is a surgical procedure to improve eyesight, and is also known as ‘refractive surgery’ or ‘vision correction surgery’. It involves using lasers to reshape the cornea (front surface) of the eye.
Laser eye surgery can be used to improve the eyesight of those who are long-sighted, short-sighted or those suffering from astigmatism. Your eligibility for such treatment depends on a number of factors including your eyesight, eye health, general health and also your age.
The different types of laser surgery available vary widely and although different in technique all lead to similar results. In the UK, there are many clinics offering laser eye surgery and the cost can vary significantly, along with the quality of care that you receive.
Whilst the majority of laser surgeries pass without problems, some patients are not actually suitable for the treatment they receive and this results in side effects. For example, an irregular astigmatism (a problem with the way the eye focuses light) or a degeneration of the eye can be factors that serve as a reason to withhold laser eye surgery - this is what is known as a contraindication for surgery.
Under these circumstances, if you suffer problems after the surgery you may have a right to claim.
Laser eye surgery does carry risk and can result in:
- Visual disturbance
- Unnecessary scarring
- Floaters in vision
If you think you have suffered due to negligence, we are here to help.
An experienced team of healthcare professionals, we have the expertise required in order to establish your eligibility for a claim. With us you are guided through each step of the process of making a laser eye surgery compensation claim, and we will meet wherever and whenever is most convenient for you.
The majority of our laser eye surgery claims are dealt on a No Win No Fee arrangement. This means that if we do not succeed, you will not have to pay anything.
If we can prove your case we will be able to recover damages for you as well as loss of earnings and any other expenses you have incurred.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if negligence has occurred?
The risks and contraindications should have been explained to you before you had the surgery and your informed consent obtained. If this did not happen and you are suffering following the procedure, then you may have grounds for a negligence claim. You should seek expert advice first and we are more than happy to discuss your situation in a free, initial consultation.
What are the available types of laser eye surgery?
The main types of laser eye surgery are as follows:
- PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy Keratomileusis)
- LTK (Laser Thermokeratoplasty)
- RK (Radial Keratotom)
- ALK (Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty)
- LASIK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis)