Lasik eye surgery has proven to be very effective in correcting a person’s vision which is done through the process of ablation using an excimer laser. Many of the patients that have gone through lasik eye surgery are very happy with the results and have much clearer vision. People who want to get lasik eye surgery done must first go through evaluation with their eye doctor to make sure that they are qualified enough to get the surgery done in order to reduce the chance of any complications or problems in the future.
However, it is important to understand that just like any surgical procedure lasik eye surgery has some risks of getting done. For you to make the final decision whether you are going to get lasik eye surgery done, you need to be made aware of the risks and complications that you may experience after going through the surgery. Today, we are going to talk about the possible risks and complications.
1.) There is a chance of over-correction or under-correction – Although most patients become satisfied with their vision after surgery, there are certain cases in which the vision quality of vision is not yet good enough. In situations like this the patient usually goes through a second surgery which is called an enhancement surgery to really sharpen his vision.
2.) There may still be a need for glasses or contacts after surgery – There are extreme cases wherein a patient won’t be able to get the desired vision even after going through lasik eye surgery. You may want to discuss this matter with your surgeon whether glasses will still be needed. Glasses will be needed when a patient developed presbyopia as result of aging.
3.) The results may not last – Although this risk is uncommon, there patients that experience something called regression which is their vision becoming blurry again a few years after going through lasik eye surgery. Regression is a problem that more commonly occurs with patients that suffer from hyperopia or farsightedness. Patients who go through regression may go for enhancement surgery.
4.) There’s a chance of seeing aberrations – One of the side effects of getting lasik eye surgery is experiencing visual aberrations as well as having a decrease in visual quality. More specific side effects are having hazy or cloudy vision, your eye become more sensitive to light, you experience glare and halos, and your vision may fluctuate from time to time.
5.) Any symptoms of dry eye will worsen – Dry eye symptoms include redness and burning of the eyes as well as low quality of vision. It is common to experience these symptoms after lasik eye surgery as your eyes are healing. However, if you already suffer from such symptoms before surgery you may want to wait until they subside as it can get worse after the surgical procedure.
6.) Vision may be lost – In very rare cases, a patient may have his vision become worse and not be curable anymore through enhancement surgeries or through wearing of glasses or contacts. It is important to make sure you go to a licensed and skilled surgeon to ensure the quality of the procedure.