Lasik Patient Seeks $180M in Damages

In this Nov. 1, 2005 file photo, Dr. Colman Kraff docks the femtosecond laser, flattening the cornea, of patient Steve Parker as the initial step in creating the Lasik flap during Parker's eye surgery at Kraff's offices in Chicago. A decade after Lasik eye surgery hit the market, patients left with fuzzy instead of clear vision are airing their grievances before federal health officials.
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A lawsuit filed in South Carolina accuses eye clinics across the country of causing patients serious injury during laser eye-correcting surgery.

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.

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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.