Corrective laser eye surgery, which debuted in
1995, is now the most common elective surgical procedure in the United States.
In a fast food, disposable, technology driven and managed care controlled
society it appeals to patient, surgeon and corporate interests but to each for
There will always be some complications (from surgery) but the
unique aspects of refractive surgery give rise to a new breed of medical error.
Refractive surgery (PRK, LASIK, LTK) is not just an eye operation,
it's now a $2 billion a year business with over a million and a half operations
anticipated in 2001. Operations to correct vision have had a bumpy, overly
commercial, history that includes shoddy operators and unproven advertising
claims. It has been reduced to being a commodity. It isn't. All refractive
surgery is still surgery, notwithstanding the industry's use of the words
"procedure" and "enhancement", and with it comes the risks of surgical error,
complications and bad outcomes.
Shapiro & Ford, based in Garden City, New York, with additional offices in
the City of New York, consists of a dynamic group of attorneys who have
extensive experience in the firm's major areas of practice .
We are pleased to
have served as counsel to
Surgical Eyes, a patient advocacy group for those injured by refractive
surgery and other ocular malpractice.
We have an unrivaled depth of experience in the
area of LASIK malpractice and we welcome the opportunity to consult with those
who believe they are the victims of
malpractice, those who feel the outcome of their laser eye surgery is not as
promised or those who experience serious vision complications not explained to
them prior to surgery.
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