Can I Go Blind After Laser Eye Surgery?
Realistically, the chance of going blind from Laser Eye Surgery in the hands of an expert surgeon using the best technology is almost too small to measure–in the region of 1 in 5 million.
But, the answer to this question (in theory) is yes.
As expert Laser Eye Surgeon Mr Glenn Carp describes in the short video below, there is an incredibly small chance of going blind as a result of Laser Eye Surgery.
To fully get to grips with how small the chances actually are, here are four things that are statistically more likely to happen than going blind from Laser Eye Surgery.
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- Being injured by a toilet—1 in 10,000.
- Being crushed by a meteor—1 in 700,000.
- Being struck by lightning—1 in 2,300,000.
- Dying from scalding hot tap water—1 in 5,000,000.
There have been cases from around the world of people losing extensive vision after Laser Eye Surgery, however these are extremely rare, and with today’s knowledge and cutting edge technology, ever more unlikely to occur.
Further to this, as Mr Carp states, it would be highly unlikely to arrive in a predicament where a patient lost all their vision. For this to happen, it would take a series of very unfortunate events to arise in succession. This is almost unheard of—particularly among leading Laser Eye Surgery clinics which have lengthy screening and assessment processes to help prevent any unexpected complications.
As you can see loosing your vision as a result of surgery is very rare indeed. And here Mr Carp further explains how the risks involved in losing sight are extremely unlikely. The bottom line is only 1 in 5 million may lose sight in one eye.
Mr Carp answers the question: Can I go blind after Laser Eye Surgery?
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