Laser Eye Surgery Side Effects: What Patients Need to Know

By: The Eye Center, P.A.  12/11/2015
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Doctors from The Eye Center discuss risks patients need to be aware of.

– LASIK eye surgery is the gold standard for providing patients with a dependency on corrective lenses a permanent vision fix. While this procedure has been tried and tested for years, providing tremendous results for many, it isn’t without its share of potential side effects. Although complications are generally quite rare, the doctors at The Eye Center stress that patients should understand all the potential outcomes before making the decision to undergo surgery.

“Lasting complications associated with LASIK are extremely rare, but they are not entirely unheard of,” say the physicians at The Eye Center. “Some of the potential issues include dry eye, glare or even eye pain in the days and weeks following surgery. Serious complications associated with the procedure are very, very rare. In most cases, any side effects that present can be taken care of with secondary treatments, such as drops to correct dry eye.”

The doctors say that although rare, serious complications may crop up. This is precisely why LASIK patients are carefully screened before the greenlight for surgery is given. Reputable eye surgeons turn away potential LASIK candidates who pose a higher risk for side effects due to other health concerns, such as preexisting conditions that might impact a positive surgical outcome.

“Millions of people across the globe have undergone LASIK procedures with highly successful outcomes,” the doctors say. “It is critical, however, for patients to seek out reputable doctors to guide their care and to heed the advice given. Patients who are turned away will find the recommendation is made only when the surgeon believes it is in the patient’s best interest to seek other means to correct vision.”

Patients interested in learning more about LASIK surgery, its benefits and potential risks are urged to discuss the topic with their eye care professional. Although highly effective and mainly complication free, LASIK is a surgical procedure, which means some degree of risk is involved.

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