Lasik Surgery

Fairfax Injury Lawyer Brien Roche Addresses Lasik Surgery Cases

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Lasik surgery modifies the cornea’s curvature in order to likewise modify its focusing power.  The surgery is designed to improve or eliminate either a near-sighted condition or a far-sighted condition by removing a certain amount of corneal tissue which thereby modifies the curvature of the cornea.  The human eye is somewhat like a camera.  The cornea would be akin to a film over the lens of the camera.  Light passes through the cornea and into the pupil.  The size of the pupil is controlled by the iris, the colored portion of the eye, which controls the amount of light entering into the pupil.  The light entering into the pupil then hits the lens which focuses the light before projecting it on the retina which is similar to the film in a camera.  The retina then converts the light into electrical signals which convey images. 

The cornea has five cell layers.  The middle layer and the largest layer is called the stroma which is where this surgery takes place.  It is the stroma that maintains the curvature or structure of the cornea.  It is a portion of that stroma that is removed during the course of this surgery. 

LASIK Surgery Screening

Both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and also the Eye Surgery Education Counsel have established certain basic criteria for screening patients prior to lasik surgery.  Of all of the screening criteria the most important is corneal topography, i.e. the curvature of the cornea prior to any surgery.  If a patient suffers from a progressive thinning of this central corneal layer, then typically the patient is not a candidate for lasik surgery.  It is incumbent on surgeons to detect this condition because any further removal of corneal tissue may weaken the overall structure of the cornea  thereby producing a condition known as keratoconus.\

Evaluating LASIK Surgery Claims

In evaluating claims of this nature it is critical to obtain color copies of the corneal studies that were done by the surgeon prior to surgery as these color copies will show the topography maps of the corneal structure. 

LASIK Surgery Negligence

If you have been injured as a result of lasik surgery, contact us.
For more information on eye surgery and related topics see medical malpractice and eye malpractice for more information.
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