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Vision correction surgery can be used to improve your eyesight. The procedure most commonly used to improve a person’s eyesight is called laser eye surgery.
Laser eye surgery is generally considered to be a safe and effective procedure. According to data from the NHS, around one in ten people will require further surgery to fine-tune the initial procedure’s results. The most common side effects are usually short-term, minor and treatable. However, laser eye surgery can still carry a number of risks, especially when the surgeon performing the procedure is lacking in experience, or is negligent in performing their duties.
Here, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors takes a look at the risks associated with laser eye surgery and how likely it is for something to go wrong during the procedure, and provides advice on how the patient can minimise these risks.
There are three methods for the ophthalmologist (a medical expert who is able to carry out laser eye surgery) doing the procedure, all of which function by changing the shape of your cornea in order to improve your vision. The cornea is accessed differently in each method.
Each treatment is appropriate for treating a certain kind of visual impairment, and none of them require stitches as the eye heals itself naturally. Depending on the kind of vision issues you are experiencing, an ophthalmologist can advise you on the best technique for you.
There are various risks associated with laser eye surgery. The chances of complications developing are low, but it is important to recognise these issues in case they arise. Here are some of the risks involved:
The compensation claim rate across clinics in the UK is around 5%, so the risk of receiving negligent treatment is low. However, it is vital that you conduct research into the procedure beforehand and ensure that your surgeon is the most competent person for the job.
The procedure itself is down to your surgeon, but it is important that you avoid the most common pitfalls.
Enquire about the success and complication rates at each clinic you consider. Ensure the facility you choose does not have a greater complication rate than the national average of less than 5% after laser eye surgery. You should not waste your time and consideration on a facility that will not reveal its complication rate.
Reading patient evaluations on unbiased websites is another way to assess a clinic's skill. Look at what previous clients of the clinic have to say about the facility and the manner in which they were treated, not just by the surgeon, but also other staff members. What kind of follow-up did they receive?
Ask your laser eye surgeon as many questions as you can regarding the process, their training and expertise. To determine whether your surgeon is qualified for the position, you might ask them the following questions:
You should seek medical assistance as soon as you think your surgery has gone wrong. Make sure to see a new doctor for a diagnosis if you think that your original surgeon's mistakes during the procedure were to blame. They will be able to let you know if there are any issues with your operation and may even be able to give you advice on whether or not the procedure was performed according to the required standards.
When the surgeons performing your procedure act with negligence, the possibilities of problems after laser eye surgery are increased. As a result, they have failed to uphold the duty of care that all medical professionals have to you.
You may be eligible to file a medical negligence claim if a medical professional caused your suffering by failing to follow the standards established for medical care procedures by UK law. By doing this, you'll be able to receive compensation for your suffering and have the money for any further care or support you need.
Despite the high success rate of laser eye surgery, the experts at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors has a lot of experience handling cases of careless treatment and can support your claim for compensation. We will work with you to gather proof that backs up your claim, demonstrates your suffering, and shows that the irresponsible party is to blame.
It is extremely important that you consider making a laser eye surgery compensation claim, as it will help you to cover the costs of the necessary help and support you need following your negligent surgery, which may be expensive. Contact our team today for a free consultation and we will help you to understand your situation and options.