Risks of Laser Eye Surgery

What are the risks of laser eye surgery? With any surgery, you are taking a risk – sometimes major, sometimes minor. Here are some of the risks you need to know before opting for laser eye surgery.

Some doctors are only after the money, but a good doctor will inform you of the risks of laser eye surgery before he agrees to do it. It he doesn’t, you should choose another doctor.

Before the laser eye surgery, your doctor will perform a thorough examination of your eyes to ensure that you have no health problems that might cause problems during the procedure. He will also ask some questions about your general health since some physical factors such as hypertension will have some affect on whether the procedure is safe or not. Another example is that some doctors will not perform laser eye surgery if you have diabetes.

Although most laser eye surgery operations will occur without a hitch, it’s possible you may experience some of the following post operation complications:

1) One of the risks involved in laser eye surgery is infection and if the eye that was infected was left untreated, it could create a scar on the cornea which will then result to permanent loss of vision.  The risk of having an infection when undergoing a laser eye surgery is very rare.  If you experience any unusual itchiness or redness of the eye after surgery, see your doctor immediately.

2) Another risk in laser eye surgery after the procedure is over or under correction of the eyes. This complication can mostly be attributed to the fact that corneas vary from patient to patient especially when it comes to healing ability and other factors that are beyond the control of the surgeon.  Usually, this is a minor problem and resolved with further treatment. In other cases it cannot be resolved and the only other option is to go back to wearing glasses.

3) One of the many risks that involve laser eye surgery is the so-called, “flap wrinkles” which is the small folds in the corneal flap.  These “flap wrinkles” that may develop post surgery are easily identified and can be removed by the surgeon so you do not need to worry much about them. However, they also can develop much later in which case you’ll have to return to the surgeon for treatment.

4) Some of the other most common post surgery effects include : pain ranging from moderate to severe, hazy vision during the healing process, dry eyes, poor quality of night vision due to halos and glare in the eyes, and then there is a much more serious condition known as corneal ectasia which involves a weakening and bulging of the cornea.

Most of the conditions mentioned above are easily correctable with prompt treatment. The most important thing here is your safety, and even though laser eye surgery is considered as being a minor procedure, it is still a procedure nonetheless and therefore there are possible risks and complications.