The Lasik Procedure
Lasik vs Lasek
Risks & Recovery
Is Lasik for you
Surgeons & Insurance
FDA approved Lasers
If you are considering LASIK and worried that something could go wrong, you might take comfort in knowing that it's extremely rare for complications from this procedure to cause permanent, significant vision loss. Also, many complications can be resolved through re-treatment or enhancements of the eye.
Selecting the right eye surgeon probably is the single most important step you can take to decrease any risks associated with LASIK. An experienced, reputable surgeon will make sure you are properly screened to let you know up front if you aren't a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery.
While LASIK outcomes are overwhelmingly favorable, remember that there is still that fraction of less than 1 percent of people who do experience serious and ongoing vision problems following LASIK. You should rationally consider what unhappy LASIK patients have to say in light of your own needs and of the absolute truth that no surgical procedure is ever risk-free.
A very small number of LASIK patients with excellent vision based on eye chart testing still can have bothersome side effects. For example, it is rare but possible that a patient may see 20/20 or better with uncorrected vision while at the same time having symptoms such as double vision (diplopia), unresolved dry eye, or difficulty seeing at night because of glare or halos around lights.
Studies indicate that flap complications occur in from .3 percent to 5.7 percent of LASIK procedures, according to the April 2006 issue of American Journal of Ophthalmology. But inexperienced surgeons definitely contribute to the higher rates of flap complications. Again, remember that you can improve your odds of avoiding LASIK risks by selecting a reputable, experienced eye surgeon.
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