Is Laser Eye Surgery Riskier Than People Think?

It’s true that the risks associated with LASIK eye surgery are real, but the surgeons who perform them are under-stating them. The lack of regulation surrounding LASIK has kept the risks from being fully understood by patients and health insurers. Doctors are not required to report complication rates to the Food and Drug Administration, and FDA enforcement is limited to recalls of malfunctioning lasers.

The flap can be imperfectly shaped, irregular in position, or thin. Imperfect flaps can prevent laser vision correction. However, the chances of developing an imperfect flap are small, and less than 1% of procedures result in it. Many patients experience a period of pain and discomfort after the procedure, but these problems are very rare. Many patients can return to their normal activities after a two to three-week healing period.

If you are a contact lens wearer, the surgery may cause worse night vision afterward. You must stop wearing contact lenses for at least one week before your evaluation. Depending on the severity of your dry eye, you may experience prolonged tearing, blurring, or discomfort. In severe cases, you may need to use eye drops or a plug to prevent your eyes from drying out. Depending on your refractive error, you may still need glasses after laser eye surgery.

LASIK surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. It may last 20 minutes. Patients are usually awake during the procedure, and may be given Valium to calm their nerves. LASIK patients may also experience an unpleasant odor. Some people even describe the smell of LASIK as burning hair. It’s a rare side effect of laser eye surgery, but there’s no risk of harm or permanent damage.

While LASIK is considered safe, the risks associated with the procedure are significantly lower than you might think. While there are a few possible complications associated with the procedure, these are generally manageable and will subside after a few weeks. Some insurance policies cover laser eye surgery, and financing plans are available. And, despite the cost, you should know that LASIK eye surgery is not a life-threatening procedure.

While research indicates that LASIK eye surgery is safer than contact lenses, military doctors have a special interest in the procedure. The military is deeply involved in the ophthalmology medical-industrial complex. Many military personnel have undergone LASIK. There are a few side effects, though, including persistent dry eye and night vision problems. Tiger Woods has suffered from night vision problems following LASIK.

After PRK, a small part of the epithelium can slide off the surface of the cornea. Usually, this occurs at night when you sleep and reappears after you wake up. Recurrent erosions may occur over several months, but are very rare. In the majority of patients, the problem will be resolved with medicines. Those with significant corneal haze can still use their LASIK, but they are not as common.

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