Lasik eye surgery has become increasingly popular over the years to help correct people’s vision and free them from the confines of glasses or corrective lenses. While the procedure is relatively safe, there are times when the procedure does not deliver the intended result. If you or someone close to you has experienced vision problems or an eye injury due to laser eye surgery, you should reach out to a skilled Baltimore medical malpractice attorney who can review the facts of your case.
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, about 600,000 Lasik procedures are performed each year in the United States. The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery reports that Lasik eye surgery has an extremely high success rate, with 96 percent of patients achieving 20/20 vision or better.
Lasik eye surgery, also known as refractive eye surgery, is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. The surgery corrects an individual’s vision through a laser reshaping the inner cornea. Specifically, the doctor makes an incision in the cornea so that the small flap of the clear tissue of the eye can be lifted up. Once this happens, the laser beam reshapes the corneal tissue under the flap. If done properly, the cornea should heal, and the patient should no longer need eyeglasses or corrective lenses.