Laser Eye Surgery Errors
Have you been injured due to a surgical error? Contact a solicitor to find out if you have a valid claim for compensation
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Laser Eye Surgery Claims

Laser eye surgery is a corrective procedure chosen by thousands of people each year in the UK. The promise of permanently clearer and stronger vision means that many people are keen to pursue this relatively low-cost remedy for a wide variety of vision problems. The procedure relies upon the use of a laser to reshape the eye’s cornea, which strengthens its focusing power and leads to clearer vision without the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

Laser Eye SurgeryThe eyes are a vital and delicate part of the body, and so it is essential that great care and attention is taken when any form of surgical treatment is carried out. When errors are made during the laser eye surgery procedure, the physical and psychological repercussions can be severe.

If you have not received the level of care expected, and your eyesight has been affected, you have every right to feel aggrieved and want to be compensated by the optician responsible. The solicitors we work in partnership with are experienced in helping people make claims for all types of medical negligence, and can provide you with a no win no fee service.

Types of laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery, or laser refractive surgery as it is sometimes referred, has been available in the UK for more than 20 years. In the majority of cases it is considered as a non-essential surgical procedure, or cosmetic surgery, and therefore is not available on the NHS. Laser eye surgery is however offered by many opticians and private practices around the UK, including companies such as Optical Express, Optimax and Ultralase.

There are several types of laser surgery available. Some of the most common ones are as follows:

  • LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) – this is the most popular version available on the market, and has been around since the mid-90s. With LASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to cut a flap in the cornea of the eye to expose the surface and then reshape the cornea using an excimer laser.
  • PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) – with PRK, the patient’s cornea is reshaped using the excimer laser just like with the LASIK procedure. But unlike LASIK, this is performed without cutting a flap of tissue first.
  • LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis) – this type of surgery is similar to PRK, but with LASEK eye surgery the epithelium (the surface layer of the cornea) is retained as a flap. It is thought that this can sometimes help the healing process and minimise complications.

Regardless of the type of laser eye surgery received, if mistakes have been made that have resulted in damage being caused to your vision or any other type of injury, you could be entitled to compensation. To find out if you are eligible to make a claim, contact an experienced medical negligence solicitors today for a free claim assessment. To get started, call free on 0800 678 1410.

Potential complications from laser eye surgery

The vast majority of laser eye surgery procedures are completed successfully without error, with people usually being able to return to work within just a few days.

Unfortunately, as in all sectors, errors do occur and on rare occasions, patients can be left with further eye health problems through no fault of their own. If the surgeon was incompetent or did not take adequate care to ensure your health and safety, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Around 5% of laser eye surgery patients suffer from some form of complication according to research conducted by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Some of the common complications that can arise if laser eye surgery goes wrong include:

  • Deterioration in vision
  • Partial or total blindness
  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Discomfort and blurred vision
  • Night vision problems
  • Corneal ectasia
  • Astigmatism
  • Scarring or haze
  • Infection and eye inflammation
  • Double vision or ghosting

Medical negligence lawyers have processed and negotiated many claims for laser eye surgery errors and will have excellent levels of experience and knowledge in this field. They are committed to achieving the highest possible eye injury compensation amounts for clients, and provide their services on a no win no fee basis.

Can I make a laser eye surgery claim?

If you have had laser eye surgery within the last three years and have experienced complications, you could have a valid claim for injury compensation.

EyeThe first step is to contact a solicitor to assess your case. This is a free service that is provided without any obligation. During the consultation you will be asked a few questions about the problems you have experienced to determine if a solicitor can help.

To make a successful claim, the solicitor will need to prove that the person or company that performed your surgery was negligent and that this negligence resulted in some form of pain and suffering, such as scarring, double vision, partial loss of sight, etc.

Examples of possible circumstances that could make you eligible to claim include injuries caused by the following:

  • performing the procedure when it is not appropriate for the patient;
  • failing to refer you to an appropriate specialist for treatment;
  • failing to diagnose a detached retina and continuing with surgery;
  • causing injury due to surgical error
  • using defective equipment
  • not providing a patient with proper post-operative care

How long will it take to reach a settlement on my claim?

The amount of time that it takes to complete your claim will depend on the complexity of your individual case. Injury solicitors are committed to achieving swift outcomes without compromising on the amount of compensation that you are awarded.

To do this, they will work hard to build a strong case which demonstrates the liability of the defendant and details the adverse effects of the surgery error on your overall wellbeing and ability to function in activities as your previously did. The factors that can influence the time that it takes to process a claim include:

  • Any contest as to the liability of the defendant
  • Delays caused by the defendant’s legal team
  • Delays in obtaining necessary evidence
  • The need for further medical examinations
  • Evaluations required to prove the severity of symptoms.

Your solicitor will work closely with you to ensure that you are kept up to date at all times with regards to the progression of your claim. They will do everything in their power to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in the successful completion of your case.

Why should I choose a solicitor to process my claim?

Clinical negligence solicitors are highly experienced in managing laser eye surgery claims. They offer a knowledgeable, committed and confident service that revolves around the wellbeing of clients. Further benefits include:

  • A no win, no fee service
  • A free, no-obligation initial consultation
  • Exceptional levels of knowledge, understanding, and experience
  • Regulated and professional service from all staff
  • Solicitors available across the UK
  • Commitment to achieving maximum compensation

To speak to a solicitor and find out if you have a valid claim, call 0800 678 1410 today to arrange a free case assessment.