The Safety of Laser Eye Surgery: Is There Anything to Worry About?

If you are among the many people who are considering laser eye surgery, you may be concerned about the safety of this procedure. Laser eye surgery is actually one of the simplest surgical procedures, and is also one of the most popular elective surgeries in the world. Laser eye surgery or LASIK was approved by the FDA in 1996 and is considered safe. It also has a high success rate. You probably known someone who has undergone the procedure and is now enjoying the vision improvement.

As with any surgical procedure, it does have risks and possible complications. However, most patients will achieve 20/20 vision after the procedure. You should keep in mind, though, that not everyone will experience the same results. In fact, in some cases, you may still need to wear corrective lenses. You will, however, usually have a higher level of visual acuity.

What is Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery uses an excimer laser (a cool light beam) to essentially reshape the cornea. In a normal cornea, it focuses light to the retina to create a visual image. Should the cornea be imperfectly shaped, the vision will be distorted and blurry.

During the procedure, a tiny flap is created on the surface of the eye, after which the laser will reshape the cornea. The laser allows a surgeon to be very accurate throughout the procedure. Afterward, the flap is replaced and will adhere back to the eye naturally.

 

Possible Complications or Side Effects

 

Among the safety issues is the possibility of developing an infection; however, evidence suggests that you actually have a greater risk of developing an eye infection from contact lenses than from laser eye surgery.

 

In some cases, some patients—a very small percentage—may need to undergo a touch up procedure to achieve the desired level of vision correction. Some patients who suffer from presbyopia may still require reading glasses. This is usually due to age-related vision loss.

 

Call for a Consultation

 

As you can see, the laser eye surgery procedure is safe and effective in most cases. If you are interested in undergoing laser eye treatment or want to know more about this procedure, please call us today to set up a consultation. We will discuss whether you are a good candidate and answer any questions you may have.