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When Lasik Goes Wrong


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As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with LASIK. But if you're one of the people who suffer a common side effect from LASIK, what do you do?

The most common side effect, afflicting as many as 30% of patients for days, weeks, and potentially months after the procedure is dry eyes. Whether the dry eyes are acute, meaning lasting only a few days, or chronic, meaning lasting a longer duration of time, they can be uncomfortable. A patient will likely be sent home with artificial tears upon the discharge from their surgery, given the prevalence of dry eyes. If you suffer from dry eyes, follow the directions as indicated. If you continue to suffer from uncomfortable dry eyes a few days or a few weeks after your procedure, call your doctor. You may have a follow-up appointment coming up, and you'll want to address this issue there. If you suffer from dry eyes beyond a few weeks, you may need a separate procedure to re-open your tear ducts.

If you suffer from other side-effects, common or rare, your surgeon will walk you through your unique recovery step by step. While many people will experience some side effect that they can attribute to the surgery, it is only a handful that suffer from LASIK "really going wrong", and usually this was a known risk for the individual patient prior to surgery, given their unique presentation of vision issues.

If you have concerns about the potential side effects or risks associated with your upcoming surgery, or are experiencing unwanted side effects that you think may be because of your recent LASIK eye surgery, contact a LASIK surgeon to address these concerns further.


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