Laser eye surgery is a very successful procedure, with very low risk that you will experience any serious complications. At OCL, only 1% of patients need any additional treatment.
The benefits of laser eye surgery are amazing, but are there any risks involved? If you’re considering laser vision correction, it’s important to understand the potential risks so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment. That said, it’s extremely unlikely that you will experience any serious complications.
If you’re worried about risks or side effects, it can help to take a look at the facts and figures around laser eye surgery risks. Here are some statistics to consider:
The figures show that while laser eye surgery does come with risks, they may be smaller than the risk of carrying on with contacts. If LASIK goes wrong, the problems can almost always be fixed with further treatment.
You may find it useful to read the laser eye surgery patient leaflet from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, which explains the facts about laser vision correction – and how the risks compare with contact lens use.
The most common LASIK side effects are minor and temporary, occurring during the first few days and weeks after surgery.
You may experience dry eyes, which can be treated using artificial tears.
Your vision may take a while to settle down, and you may experience blurriness, halos and other visual issues in the recovery period after surgery. You will have regular check-ups during this time, to make sure your recovery is on track.
There’s a raised risk of eye infection after surgery. This can be treated with antibiotic eye drops.
If you still have any concerns about laser eye surgery going wrong, it’s important to discuss these with your surgeon, so that you can make the right decision about your treatment.
It’s natural to think about what will happen if laser eye surgery goes wrong, but you can keep the risk to a minimum by choosing a trusted surgeon with a track record of good results. By following your surgeon’s advice and taking care of your eyes after the procedure, you stand an excellent chance of a happy outcome.
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