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LASIK Risks and Complications


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LASIK is a safe, quick and relatively painless surgery, but like all surgical procedures, it is not without potential complications and risks. Anyone considering LASIK should discuss all risks involved with their surgeon. Make sure you understand the steps you can take to lower any risks associated with this type of surgery.

Today's increasingly sophisticated technology enables overwhelmingly positive LASIK outcomes. The effectiveness and safety of LASIK is constantly improving, yet fewer than 1% of patients still experience problems following the procedure. Most complications can be corrected with medical treatment or additional surgery.

Some of the risks and complications that can occur from LASIK include: dry eye syndrome, incorrect treatment, post-op visual problems, infection, partially loss of vision and blindness. Thankfully, severe complications are extremely rare. Common post-op vision troubles include reduced or loss of night vision, halos and glare. Sometimes the LASIK outcome is not favorable and the patient still requires contacts or glasses to see properly. Significant over-correction, under-correction or regression can usually be treated with additional laser procedures.

Make sure you educate yourself on all possible risks, complications and side effects that you might experience before you commit to LASIK surgery. Take the time to fully discuss your situation with a LASIK surgeon!


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