The FDA has announced a LASIK laser recall that affects the LADAR6000 LASIK eye surgery laser. The excimer lasers, which were heralded as the best in the field at the time of their release in May 2006, have resulted in an unusually high percentage of serious complications for patients of LASIK eye exams in which they were used.
The laser reshapes the cornea during a LASIK eye surgery procedure with the intended purpose of reducing the patient’s need for glasses or contact lenses. The new laser was recalled because it resulted in patients developing “central islands” after LASIK procedures. “Central islands” are areas of the cornea that do not receive the proper amount of laser energy, creating elevated spots or ‘islands’ on the cornea of the eye. Central islands can have substantially damaging effects to an individual’s vision quality that could become permanent. Treatments can vary from the required use of contact lenses to corrective surgery, depending on the severity of the symptoms. According to Alcon, more than 150 patients who were treated by the LADAR6000 developed central islands.
This Alcon laser recall is the latest in a litany of mishaps in the LASIK community. As consumers and patients, we entrust our health and well-being to doctors, but when that trust is misplaced, the results can be catastrophic.
The Law Office of Todd J. Krouner is dedicated to the arena of medical malpractice law. Specifically, Mr. Krouner has become an authoritative source in the field of LASIK eye surgery malpractice, securing the two largest verdicts in LASIK malpractice history for his clients.
In July 2005, Todd J. Krouner obtained a record verdict of $7.25 million against a prominent LASIK eye surgeon, whose medical negligence resulted in cornea transplant surgery for his patient. The verdict is the largest of its kind, nearly doubling the previous record for a similar case.
On June 10, 2009, Mr. Krouner added to his impressive LASIK malpractice record, obtaining a verdict of $5.6 million for his client, Johnson Devadas, whose cornea developed post-LASIK ectasia, or a gradual thinning of the corneal walls, after surgery. The condition can result in compromised visual quality, including blurriness, halos, double vision, glare, contrast sensitivity, starbursts and a host of related phenomena involving the distortion of light as it passes through the diseased cornea.
Earlier this year, Mr. Krouner achieved similar distinctive success in settling three cases involving the defective Alcon LADAR6000 for patients in Colorado and Oregon.
If you have suffered compromised vision as the result of a LASIK procedure involving the Alcon LADAR6000 laser, contact our experiencedLASIK laser recall attorneys for a free consultation concerning the merit of your claim at (914) 238-5800 or by email at email@example.com.