Risks of LASIK Eye Surgery
While Lasik eye surgery has come a long way in the past decade, there are still
some risks to be aware of. Most people have no problems and find the procedure to be quick and painless. While that
is the intention of all the professionals involved, it doesn’t always happen.
The risks that are involved in Lasik eye surgery aren’t expressed to scare you.
However, it is important that you do have a realistic picture of what could take place before you commit to the
procedure. Most people heal up soon after the procedure is completed. However, some individuals due develop an eye
infection that must be treated.
The results you get from the Lasik may not be what you had anticipated. In some
instances there wasn’t enough correction done. In others, there was too much and so the vision you have isn’t as
great as you would like it to be. This may be corrected with another surgery in some circumstances. Finding a well
qualified doctor to perform the Lasik surgery will significantly reduce this risk though.
In very rare cases, Lasik patients have complained that their results were
worse than what they were before the surgery. This is often due to do an error the doctor makes or inaccurate
medical information provided by the patient. A person may experience blurred vision due to a haze that develops
after the surgery as well.
The flap that is created after the incision around the cornea is very
important. If the doctor doesn’t do a good job, it could be damaged. It has to be secured back into place very
specifically. Failure to do this can result in the flap becoming infected. In some instances it can end up being
lost and having to be replaced.
It is best to have both of the eyes corrected at one time if they need to be.
Some patients choose to only do one at a time though. This is a risk as they eyesight they have from the two
combined may not work well together. It can result in problems with perception. This can cause a person to fall,
get into a car accident, or other similar incidents due to their vision not being what it needs to be in order to
perform these functions at an optimum level.
Some individuals are afraid they will come out of Lasik surgery and be blind.
That is something that won’t happen though. For the most part the risks involved in the procedure are quite
minimal. Most of the problems that patients do encounter are can be corrected without too much trouble. You will
need to discuss if they will be corrected at no charge or not.
The infections can end up being quite painful though so paying attention to
them is important. Any pain in the eye should be immediately reported to the doctor. That way they can evaluate the
situation and get you relief for it as quickly as possible. This type of infection won’t go away on its own. There
is also no reason for you to suffer for days before you seek assistance.
It is the responsibility of the location where you are getting the Lasik done
to go over all the risks involved in it with you. That way you can make your own decision about whether you are
willing to take them in order to reap the benefits of the surgery. It is standard procedure for the location to
require you to sign a release form stating you understand the risks and consent to the procedure. Otherwise they
won’t schedule you for Lasik eye surgery due to liability issues.