Laser eye surgery risks

As with all medical procedures, laser eye surgery is not without its risks. Fortunately, they occur in less than 5% of patients, even with higher-risk procedures like the correction of an above-average level of long or short sightedness. A good laser eye surgeon can keep risk to a minimum by combining the most up to date methods with solid experience.

Laser eye surgery risks

As with all medical procedures, laser eye surgery is not without its risks. Fortunately, they occur in less than 5% of patients, even with higher-risk procedures like the correction of an above-average level of long or short sightedness. A good laser eye surgeon can keep risk to a minimum by combining the most up to date methods with solid experience.

Eye sensitivity

Many people experience increased eye sensitivity in the first few months after LASIK. Usually, the sensitivity disappears by itself and no treatment is needed. Ongoing sensitivity is very rare and affects less than 1% of patients.

Dry eyes

This condition can be a problem in the months following surgery. Dry eyes occur when the eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears evaporate quickly. Dry eyes can be managed with artificial tears and the symptoms typically subside after a few months.

Glare, starbursts and the halo effect

Sometimes people who have had laser eye surgery have temporary reduced night vision, which is particularly noticeable when they drive at night. Reduced night vision usually only lasts between one month and six weeks, and is rarely an ongoing problem.

Over or under correction

While every effort is made to ensure that the LASIK procedure is accurate, there is a chance that the eye will be over or under corrected. Although the initial computerised prediction may show the desired result, all eyes heal and recover in slightly different ways that the computer cannot account for. Secondary enhancement procedures are available so vision can be adjusted when necessary.

It’s important to understand the risks associated with laser eye surgery before you have LASIK treatment. All good laser eye surgeons will be very happy to discuss any concerns and answer your questions, and will provide one or more consultations before you commit to the procedure.

At your laser eye surgery consultation you can find out more about laser eye surgery risks and how safe the procedure really is. We look forward to seeing you soon.