Lasik Surgery Risks for St. Petersburg Residents to Consider

What Are the Risks of LASIK Surgery?

St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute has performed thousands of successful LASIK procedures for patients throughout the Tampa Bay area. If you’re considering LASIK surgery to correct your vision, you should know that it is a safe, minimally invasive outpatient procedure, and most LASIK patients who are good candidates enjoy a trouble-free recovery.

Side Effects of LASIK

While LASIK is safe, as with any other surgery, it does have side effects and risks. 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.

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LASIK Treatment at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute

With two state-of-the-art facilities just down the road from your St. Petersburg home, St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute has been improving the vision and quality of life for Tampa Bay-area residents since 1961. If you would like to be evaluated for LASIK surgery at our facility, contact us to schedule an appointment.