Patients who are considering improving their eyesight with LASIK eye surgery should be aware that there are potential risks and side effects associated with the procedure, as with any other serious medical procedure. That being said, the LASIK eye surgery procedures that are performed today have evolved a great deal since LASIK was first introduced and are relatively risk free.
LASIK surgery risks and side effects can vary based on the type of LASIK surgery and technology used. Technology such as the custom wavefront LASIK technology employed exclusively by Cary M. Silverman, M.D., LASIK Eye Surgeon , and the EyeCare20/20 team has helped reduce many complications and patient discomfort. It has also expanded the number of patients who can now be successful candidates for the procedure.
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If you are considering LASIK, it’s important to talk with your doctor about the LASIK eye surgery risks specifically associated with his or her preferred procedures and technology.
Some Possible Risks of LASIK Surgery
As with any type of surgery, LASIK comes with risks. However, the risks that you may experience depend on your eyes and procedure specifically, so speak with your eye doctor about what risks may be most likely for you. Some of the risks associated with LASIK eye surgery procedures include:
- Vision may not be improved to an acceptable degree after surgery, and additional procedures may be necessary.
- Full correction may not be possible and some patients may still need to rely on corrective lenses.
- Loss of vision may occur in some patients that cannot be improved with additional procedures or corrective lenses.
- Debilitating visual symptoms may result; including troubles with nighttime vision, halos, starbursts, glare and double vision.
- Results may diminish with age in some farsighted patients and additional surgery or corrective lenses may be needed.
- Infection of the eyes may occur if the patient doesn’t keep the eye area clean.
- Malfunction of the LASIK device may occur during surgery leading to an incomplete procedure or damage to the eye.
- Migration of the corneal flap may result after surgery and could lead to infection or irreversible loss or diminished vision.
Learn more about LASIK surgery risks on the FDA’s website.
Other Potential Side Effects of LASIK Surgery
Patients may experience a variety of other LASIK side effects after surgery. For most patients, these side effects are temporary and will diminish over time. After a LASIK procedure, some patients may experience:
- Dry eyes.
- Pain and discomfort.
- Increased light sensitivity.
- Blurred vision.
- Fluctuations in vision that may take a few months to stabilize post-surgery.
While most patients have a positive experience and improved eyesight after LASIK eye surgery, there is no guarantee that the desired result will occur. Many patients choose to have only one eye operated on per visit in case there are complications or healing is prolonged.
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Choosing to undergo any type of surgery is a big decision. Dr. Silverman and the team at EyeCare20/20 strive to combine a personal touch with some of the most advanced LASIK eye surgery technologies and treatments available today.
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