Documents filed in federal court on Wednesday accuse TLC LASIK Centers in 30 locations of performing Lasik procedures on patients that had pre-existing conditions that should have kept them from being candidates at all.
Beaufort resident John Hollman filed the lawsuit in federal court in Greenville. His attorneys have asked the court for class-action status so other patients can sign on.
Hollman is seeking up to $180 million in damages.
TLC Vision, TLC LASIK Centers' parent company, has filed for bankruptcy. A spokesman for the company did not immediately return a message seeking comment.