This article is to tell you what possible complications could arise from LASIK surgery, there is a small chance of other conditions arising that have not been previously associated with LASIK or that we were simply unaware of. This is not at all to scare you, it is to make you informed of the possibilities so you can address them and weigh the risks versus benefits from an informed position.
You know that Lasik surgery is an operation that uses lasers to reshape the cornea and is very effective at eliminating problems like myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia. This technique was first developed in Bogota, Colombia in the 1950’s and has since been refined by leaps and bounds in technological advances. However, you should be aware that several complications are associated with this operation, and many patients have complained about the results of their procedure. Once it is done, you may not be able to undo it.
You should be weary of anyone trying to sell you perfect vision without any risks involved. Some of the complications that are associated with this procedure have to do with unrealistic patient expectations and a Lasik surgeon should ensure their clients are aware of the limitations of this operation. If they are telling you there are no possible complications, look for a new LASIK surgeon.
Side effects do exist, and dry eyes are one of the most common problems that people have after their operation. This is a painful condition that may be permanent for some people. It can usually be treated with a variety of eye drops, but you might have to use them for the rest of your life . Chronic dry eye is suffered by some patients, and this is accompanied by debilitating pain and visual impairment, that lets you know just how serious this is. Physicians should be sure to inform you about the possibility of this, and that it is an inherent risk of the procedure.
Ametropia before the surgery can also cause several problems, and this issue makes it essential for a physician to account for the risk potential that is found in their clients on an individual basis. If you know you have ametropia make sure to ask the LASIK physician for clarification on what risks you would be looking at during your LASIK procedure. The issues that are known to result from this include foggy vision, halos, double vision, and glare and these side effects can be related to the amount of ametropia that is present before the surgery. So make sure they are letting you know how severe your ametropia is, if it is something you have.
Hemorrhages may also be encountered after a Lasik procedure, but these are a routine response by the body and will heal of their own accord with time. Make sure your surgeon talks to you about what you should look for in possible complications and what is a normal part of the healing process. You need to know when to contact your LASIK surgeon.
You know that complications, not only with LASIK procedures, but all surgeries are a possibility. However the better informed you are with the inherent risks that are involved with the operation you may be having, the better you can weigh the risks and benefits before deciding how to proceed. It is easy to let the promises of perfect vision cloud your judgment. If you aren’t sure the LASIK doctor you are speaking with is being completely up front with the risks and benefits, it is best to seek a second opinion.