What Are the Risks of LASIK Surgery?
Since its introduction almost 30 years ago, LASIK has become one of the most popular elective surgeries in the country, with a remarkable satisfaction rating among patients. LASIK can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and free patients from dependence on eye glasses or contacts. In fact, many LASIK patients we treat at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute in Clearwater, Florida, have achieved 20/15 vision or better. While LASIK is a safe outpatient procedure, as with any other surgery, it does have side effects and risks.
LASIK Has a Low Rate of Complications
Patients are awake during the surgery but receive anesthetic eye drops that make the procedure painless. Gritty, scratchy, or itchy eyes are common afterward, but uncomfortable sensations usually go away completely within a few days.
It should be noted that complications that result in a loss of vision are extremely rare. Certain side effects, particularly dry eyes and temporary visual disturbances, are not uncommon and may linger for a few weeks or months, and very few people consider them to be a long-term problem.
LASIK surgery causes a temporary decrease in tear production, and some patients experience unusually dry eyes for the first six months or so after the procedure as their eye heals. Your eye doctor might recommend that you use eyedrops during this time.
After LASIK, some patients may have difficulty seeing at night and may experience glare, halos, or double vision. This can last a few days to a few weeks.
LASIK Treatment at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute
The vast majority of our patients who are safe candidates for LASIK enjoy a trouble-free recovery. As one of the most respected vision care clinics in the Tampa Bay area, St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute has a 100% success rate with LASIK. If you would like to be evaluated for LASIK surgery at our facility, contact us to schedule an appointment. We have been serving Clearwater, FL, residents since 1961.