Risks Associated With LASIK



When most people decide to have LASIK surgery in order to improve their vision, they feel that all of their vision problems will be resolved, and they will no longer have to worry about seeing clearly. LASIK is a popular option because when patients are extremely active and they feel that glasses and contacts have become an inconvenience, they often turn to corrective eye surgery in order to get more out of life. For those who feel that they are constantly being held back by contacts and eyeglasses, this type of surgery is a viable option because they finally have an alternative to the hassle of vision aids.

Most people who have worn contacts and glasses their entire lives forget exactly how freeing it can be to be able to see clearly as soon as they wake up in the morning. With LASIK, there is no longer the risk of ripping a contact or breaking your glasses because your vision is corrected with the help of an extremely precise laser. Although LASIK may seem too good to be true, before you make decision about the surgery, it is important to know and understand the risks of LASIK that many people are not aware of.

Keep in mind that anytime you have eye surgery, there are definitely potential risks involved. However, with the advanced technology that has emerged in recent years, the risks of LASIK have decreased significantly. Some people argue that having this type of surgery is an unnecessary risk to take when contacts and glasses can easily fix the visions problems that LASIK corrects.

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Double vision is often a side effect of the procedure; however, it should start to subside shortly after the surgery. In some cases, this double vision, or ghosting, is never corrected and patients are stuck with seeing double until the issue can be corrected. What many people don't realize is since the LASIK procedure cannot be undone, some patients actually have to wear contacts or glasses in order to correct the problems that were caused as a result of the surgery. This can be very upsetting to those who thought they would finally be free from glasses and contacts.

Have you ever experienced severely dry eyes? Many people, especially contact wearers, are familiar with the pain and discomfort of dry, itchy eyes. When this condition is temporary it is easier to handle, but when it is a recurring problem, it can be frustrating to try to find a solution to resolve the issue. While dry eyes are to be expected immediately following LASIK, the condition usually fades after a few days. For some patients, however, they experience dry eyes for up to six months after the procedure. But what many people don't know is that one of the risks of LASIK is suffering from dry eyes permanently. Although artificial tears can help to lessen the discomfort, most people would rather not be dependent on prescription eye drops for the rest of their lives. When dry eyes are a result of eye surgery, it can be very difficult to enjoy the benefits of being able to see more clearly because the dryness is all that the patients can focus on.

Since vision loss is always a risk when it comes to LASIK, it is a good idea to carefully weigh your options and talk to your doctor about the possibility of losing your vision. Because of this risk, many doctors advise their patients to have one eye done at a time, so if something goes wrong, the patient will still have the vision of one eye.

Other LASIK Complications

Another of the risks of LASIK is that there is very little that can be done to correct issues that occur as a result of LASIK being performed incorrectly. While there are steps that can be taken to correct vision with the help of contacts and eyeglasses, once the laser removes the tissue from the eye, there is nothing that can be done to replace it.

Because the eyes are constantly changing, one of the risks of LASIK is the fact that once the surgery is performed, the eye can change, causing the patient to require additional surgery. If it is too risky for patients to have addition surgery, many doctors advise their patients to wear glasses or contacts in order to compensate for the changes that occurred.

Since there are many addition risks when it comes to LASIK surgery, it is important that you educate yourself and you are sure of your decision to have the procedure. While there are many positive outcomes, there are numerous negative outcomes, so it is really best to go with your gut instead of getting the surgery just because it is trendy.

  • LASIK Over Treatment - A potential outcome which may require another procedure.
  • Loss of Vision due to LASIK - Most often, a loss of vision can be attributed to improper healing of the cornea post surgery.
  • Dry Eyes - A very common side effect is excessively dry eyes which can last for up to six months after surgery.




FDA Website for information on LASIK:

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