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Lasik Disaster

I had lasik performed 9 years without a problem. Two weeks ago I decided to get a "touch up" on my right eye b/c my vision was getting a bit blurry. During the procedure, I got something called DLK (its a rare complication) and I my vision is super blurry now. It may improve on its own, but chances are I'll need another corrective surgery.

Has anyone out there contracted this or other "rare" complications with Lasik? Has anyone sued in California? I'm having a hard time finding an attorney familiar with this type of case. Thanks.


Mon. Mar 3, 4:56pm

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Honestly. I know this is horrible to have happened to you, but could you think a minute about the doctor? Even the most skilled, experienced surgeon will eventually mess up... he wasn't trying to screw up your vision, and suing him is just going to make his malpractice coverage rise! This whole "sue the doctor" bullshit is one of the things that's going to, in the end, help to screw over the health care system.
Just pause and think: Was it really the doctor's incompetence that did this, or was it (like the statistics say) a freak accident?

Monday, March 03, 2008, 5:29 PM

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Either way, i agree with the OP. Even if it was a freak accident... if you were hit by a car and paralyzed for life due to a "freak accident" wouldn't you more than likely sue? She/he is probably just trying to get money to HAVE the corrective surgery and she's the one that has to live with blurry eyesight because of someone's mistake? Now I agree that health care costs are rising because of this type and some people trying to get a free ride but that doesn't sound like the case here. Is she supposed to just come up with, what is it, like $1800 on her own to pay for the docs mistake?

Monday, March 03, 2008, 5:56 PM

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This is so typical ...asking about suing...very funny and somewhat typical

Monday, March 03, 2008, 6:06 PM

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My daughter has been bitten in the face twice by the same dog. The dog belongs to a neighbor. The dog is not generally vicious; the neighbors are generally attentive.

Neither time did I see any necessity in suing. So I can honestly say that no, I wouldn't more than likely sue, and I agree: the choice to sue should be based on evidence that the doctor was *negligent or malicious.*

Sometimes stuff happens. Even bad stuff. It's not always somebody's fault. I acknowledge that I can't live in a world where nothing bad ever happents, but I don't want to live in a world where blame must be assigned to everything--wayyyy too judgemental for me. Sadly, America at least it probably there already, but I choose not to contribute.

I'm sorry about the eye though. My husband had Lasik ten years ago and has noticed a little blurring, but then, I never had Lasik and I'm wearing glasses now. So he got a lot out of his surgery.

Monday, March 03, 2008, 7:13 PM

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Thanks for telling me of your adverse reaction to the lasik surgery. every once in a while I get tired of having to wear glasses, and think about having that procedure. Then one hears of the rare reactions, and I think, jeesh, glasses are a pain, but at least I have correctable vision. Any voluntary surgery is a risk. You can even die from a reaction to the sedative or anesthetic. You must be able to accept the gamble if you volunteer for it. Unless the doctor is incompetent, take responsibility for your own choice. That kind of surgery is vanity surgery. You lost the gamble. It was YOUR choice, the doctor didn't make you do it. He can't control your body's reaction to getting the cornea lasered...

Monday, March 03, 2008, 7:56 PM

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Comidenne Kathy Griffin also had Lasik problems. The attached is a link to the disscussion boards at her website about the same. Good luck OP, that's gotta suck. :(

Link

Monday, March 03, 2008, 8:16 PM

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I'm the op and ironically - I am a lawyer but I don't practice medmal. I am personally not the litigious type - I defend poor people in court, that is my job. I don't want to hurt this doctor but in the research I have done and the second opinion I received it seems like it is rare if ever that people lose their vision as a result of this condition I have. Doctors are supposed to anticipate this problem and prevent it from getting to Stage Four - which is where I am at with vision loss. So, I do agree that this doc probably didn't cause my problem, but I believe she could have prevented it from worsening had she detected the problem the next day after surgery when I told her I was seeing cloudy and very blurry. This doc is not my gravy train - I just don't want her to do the next corrective surgery and I want at the least that she pay for another surgery to fix it. My bro is a doc and I hate whent people sue for just anything, but right now I am wearing a pirate patch to court and I believe she messed up. I'm supposed to leave this alone?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 1:40 PM

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If you can prove she did it maliciously or on purpose, then by all means sue until your blue in the face....otherwise, I think you're out of luck. They do advise you up front of the possible risks involved. You still decided to do it...I say, it's on you...unless like I said earlier, you can prove it. (which I doubt)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 3:07 PM

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And what lawschool did you attend?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 4:20 PM

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I am wondering why you didn't go to the same doctor you used the first time? And how much research did you do on this current doctor? Did you get referrals? As a lawyer yourself can't you talk to this doctor and tell her what your thoughts and complaints are and what you want the outcome to be? Have you told her you believe and have read that this could have been prevented? Have you asked why she chose not to do anything upon the day after visit when you told her your vision was blurring worse? I think you are to fast in your decision to sue, maybe talking to her first would be a better option, maybe she would be willing to pay for the corrective surgery by someone else, it would be a lot easier then going to court for her and you.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008, 3:25 AM

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