The New York Times published an article on June 11, 2018 entitled “Lasik’s Risks Are Coming Into Sharper Focus – Some patients who undergo the eye surgery report a variety of side effects. They may persist for years, studies show,” which highlights the problems too many LASIK patients suffered after their procedure, which they did not have before their procedure.
The New York Times article cites an article appearing in JAMA Ophthalmology in January 2017 entitled “Symptoms and Satisfaction of Patients in the Patient-Reported Outcomes With Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (PROWL) Studies” that reported on the results of two prospective, observational studies involving 262 participants in one study and 312 participants in the other study, conducted from September 13, 2011 to June 27, 2014, of patients who underwent LASIK surgery for myopia, hyperopia, and/or astigmatism. The article reported that overall, the prevalence of visual symptoms and dry eye symptoms decreased but a substantial percentage of participants reported new visual symptoms after surgery (43% in one of the studies and 46% in the other study, at 3 months). The visual symptoms reported were double images, glare, halos, and/or starbursts, and dry eye symptoms. The clinical measures were visual acuity, refractive error, and slitlamp and posterior segment eye examination findings. The visual symptoms and the clinical measures were assessed preoperatively and at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively.
The percentages of participants in one of the studies with normal Ocular Surface Disease Index scores were 55% at baseline, 66% at 3 months, and 73% at 6 months. The percentages of participants in the other study with normal Ocular Surface Disease Index scores were 44% at baseline and 65% at 3 months.
Of those participants who had normal scores at baseline in both studies, about 28% had mild, moderate, or severe dry eye symptoms at 3 months.
The New York Times article mentions that Lasik was performed on some 700,000 eyes last year, up from 628,724 in 2016, according to Market Scope, a market research company that focuses on the ophthalmic industry. The article cites a 2016 published study that found high satisfaction rates among patients five years after Lasik but also found that almost one-half of those Lasik patients had dry eyes at least some of the time, 22% had painful or sore eyes, 40% were sensitive to light, and one-third had difficulty driving at night or doing work that required seeing well up close.
The New York Times article also reported on a Lasik surgeon’s 2017 analysis of Lasik procedure data that found that visual problems eventually resolved for many patients, but the percentage of the roughly 350 patients who had mild difficulties driving at night had increased slightly to 20 percent one year after their Lasik surgery, and the percentage of those patients who had mild glare and halos had more than doubled to about 20% in each category and the percentage of patients with mild dryness more than doubled to 40%.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a result of Lasik surgery that may be due to Lasik malpractice, you should promptly seek the advice of a medical malpractice attorney in your U.S. state who may investigate your Lasik malpractice claim for you and represent you in a Lasik surgery malpractice case, if appropriate.
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