No, you will not go blind. That seems to be a popular concern among the general population. The rare complications associated with LASIK can often be corrected through a secondary procedure or medical treatment. LASIK eye surgery is the most studied elective procedure in history with more than 7,000 studies published. The results show patient satisfaction is at more than 98 percent, but our eye surgeons understand that many patients are still concerned about complications.
Severe LASIK complications occur in less than one percent of patients and most are quickly resolved. The best way to avoid potential risks or less-than-perfect vision correction is to choose your laser eye surgeon wisely. Make sure your ophthalmologist is board-certified, takes the time to educate you on the LASIK procedure and explains what to expect during and after your eye surgery.
There are several common symptoms of recovery that can be confused with complications. These side effects include:
- Dry eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Difficulty seeing in low-lighting
- Hazy vision
The mild symptoms listed above typically go away several weeks after your surgery, but can continue for three to six months.
A seven-year study of 3,009 consecutive LASIK procedures found that flap complications occurred in .37 percent of patients. These problems were largely corrected during the same surgery. Considering 28 million men and women have had LASIK in the last 25 years, this statistic is extremely low. Residual issues or those incurred during recovery are typically fixed through medicine such as antibiotics or additional surgery. Nevertheless, flap complications can cause:
- Irregular astigmatism—uneven corneal surface, which leads to double vision.
- Epithelial ingrowth—tissue growth under the flap, which leads to discomfort or blurred vision.
- Diffuse lamellar keratitis—inflammation under the flap, which leads to poor healing and vision loss.
- Keratectasia—surgeon removes too much corneal tissue or not enough was present to begin with.
Flap complications are rare, but there are other potential problems that contribute to the minute percentage of patient complications such as eye infection, dry eye syndrome and vision correction issues. Some patients may experience vision under-correction or regression and will still require contact lenses or eyeglasses.
Don’t let the fear of these scarce complications stop you from achieving better eyesight. As with any surgery, there are LASIK risks, but our eye surgeons have performed 1000s of LASIK surgeries and have the skill and experience necessary to correct your vision.
If you’re interested in LASIK laser eye surgery, please contact Seeta Eye Centers today in Poughkeepsie at 845-454-1025 to schedule your LASIK consultation. Our eye surgeons serve clients throughout New York including those in Highland, Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Yorktown.