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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What happens if you have defective laser eye surgery

    In recent years laser eye surgery – also known as Lasik, Lasek and PPK – has helped thousands of people improve their sight and allow them to see without having to constantly buy new glasses or contact lenses.

    However, like any form of surgical procedure, sometimes things can go wrong. Whether this is deliberate or not is something you need to find out. Knowing what happens if you have defective laser eye surgery can help your representative find out if there is a claim.

    What happens if you have defective laser eye surgery

    It is important to emphasise that for the most part getting a laser eye operation is relatively very safe. It is estimated that 5% of operations go wrong and it should be said that there are a number of very professional companies that do an excellent job.

    However, it is important to be aware of what can go wrong. It is a big investment and therefore one that should be made carefully. Complications that can occur include:

    • Double vision, sometimes known as “ghost vision” or professionally referred to as “astigmatism”
    • Partial or sometimes even total blindness
    • Increasingly poor short or long sight
    • Scarring of the cornea
    • Eye tearing
    • Dry eyes

    This is more likely to occur if you go to a cheaper surgery as they are more likely to rush operations and this can increase the risks of mistakes occurring. The basis of a claim is whether or not a mistake is down to negligence.  This can be quite complicated and proving negligence can be difficult. This is why it helps to talk to experienced legal professionals.

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    You can help improve your chances of making a successful claim by making notes of your symptoms and talking with a doctor or optician. They can then confirm the extent of your injuries and help to ascertain whether or not they were caused by mistakes made during the operation.

    Another important aspect to remember is that if the operation goes wrong it can have a devastating effect on your life. If it means you are not able to go to work then you may be able to claim for lost earnings. It is also worth keeping receipts for additional costs such as glasses or contact lenses that you wouldn’t have otherwise needed.

    Get in contact

    The best thing to do is to contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you are aware that there is a problem. You may be nervous about the cost but a quick free call ought to give you an idea of what we can offer and how we can help you.

    With over 13 years of experience behind us we have worked on a variety of claims and have the benefit of using specialist legal representatives. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day so there is always someone to talk to.

    Contact us today to find out what we can do for you!

    Date Published: October 15, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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