Written on Jun 1, 2009 at 7:01 PM by LASIK Guider
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is an elective refractive surgery procedure performed on otherwise healthy eyes. This makes even the slightest deviation from a perfect LASIK outcome, a potential dissatisfaction for both the surgeon and the patient.



Although, most patients are very pleased with their , a number of patients have experienced serious complications after LASIK. As a result, many patients who are considering LASIK have fears about the LASIK procedure and are concerned about its risks and complications.




What are the LASIK Risks and Complications?

The safety and success of LASIK eye surgery are widely reported, however, like all other surgical procedure, in addition to benefits, LASIK has risks and potential complications.



Such complications include all of the potential complications associated with eye surgery in general such as infection and loss of vision, as well as complications specific to corneal surgery, such as . Rarely, unusual and vision threatening complications such as retinal hemorrhage, and perforated eye may also occur with LASIK.




Why LASIK Complications occur?

Although not frequent, LASIK complications may result from:

  • Improper patient selection
  • The use of several complex medical devices during .
  • The variation in the way your eyes respond to excimer laser energy and how they heal after surgery.
  • Failure to follow the appropriate standard of care before, during and/or after LASIK surgery.
  • Medical malpractice

FDA’s LASIK Surgery Complications Statistics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that LASIK eye surgery complications occur in 1 to 5 percent of cases.



FDA’s LASIK Surgery Statistics

LASIK Complications

% of LASIK patients affected

Glare and sensitivity to light

1.7 % of LASIK patients

2.6 % of LASIK patients

3.5 % of LASIK patients

Vision worse than before LASIK

3.0 % of LASIK patients


As with any surgical procedure, the incidence of complications in LASIK decreases with surgeon experience, so it is important to discuss your surgeon’s experience in the field.




LASIK Complication Rates are Decreasing

Generally, LASIK Complications were more common in the early years of LASIK. In the current practice, serious LASIK complications that results in the need for surgical intervention and/or significant vision loss are very rare.



Experienced LASIK surgeons report that the risk of serious complication is less than 1% when LASIK is performed on good LASIK candidates. Even if complications do occur, most of them can be effectively managed with additional surgery or medical treatment.




Is LASIK Safe?

Overall, LASIK is a safe and effective vision correction procedure in experienced hands. If you are considering LASIK, it is important for you to understand the procedure’s benefits, limitations, risks, complications and alternatives, so that you can make a well-informed decision whether LASIK or other refractive surgery is right for you.

2 comments:

youreyesite June 3, 2009 at 7:53 AM  

LASIK can be the most life-changing procedure you ever undertake, and 98% of the time that is a good thing, but 2% of the time it might not be.

Laser Eye Surgery September 21, 2009 at 6:12 PM  

Good post, couldn't agree more. Lasik definitely has become a safe and more effective procedure and, with recent breakthrough in refractive surgery technology, it should be even more so.

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