Can I Go Blind After Laser Eye Surgery?

Professor Dan Reinstein at the London Vision Clinic

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?

Have any other questions or concerns about Laser Eye Surgery? Check out our top ten FAQs or contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators today.

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Can I Go Blind After Laser Eye Surgery? [Video]

43 Comments
  1. Ameenul 18/02/2015 at 18:31

    Can laser eye surgery be to to a patient that has had a retina attachment operation without detaching the retina again

    • London Vision Clinic 20/02/2015 at 16:32

      Hi Ameenul. Yes, this is often possible, as long as a retinal specialist has confirmed that it is now safe to consider laser eye surgery. If you have any further questions about this, please do give us a call on 020 7224 1005.

      Kind regards,

      London Vision Clinic

  2. Max 01/03/2015 at 21:22

    Im 13 and have -3.25 vision. I can’t even read my computer screen when i’m a foot away from it. I’ve asked many people about Lasik and i’m interested in collecting the money to get it. Should I?

    • London Vision Clinic 10/03/2015 at 10:43

      Hi Max. Thank you for your question, and apologies for the delay in responding. You will not be able to have laser eye surgery in the UK until you are at least 18. However, it is certainly a good idea to investigate your options. If you would like to request an information pack, you can do so on our homepage (www.londonvisionclinic.com).

  3. keiva 12/06/2015 at 21:45

    Hi I have astigmatism (i think thats how you spell it). Can I have the surgery?

    • Bethany Kingsley 18/05/2016 at 16:04

      Hi Keiva,

      Yes, most clinics will incorporate treating the astigmatism into your treatment plan. Let us know if you have any further questions.

      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  4. Health Tips 19/06/2015 at 14:10

    Thanks for your nice post about laser eye surgery. Its a big question “Can I go blind after laser eye surgery?” Many patient have this question and your post can solve it.

  5. Anamta 28/07/2015 at 10:48

    Can we go blind and then do lazer eye surgery

    • Bethany Kingsley 18/05/2016 at 16:10

      Hi Anamta,

      Laser eye surgery aims to do what the glasses or contact lenses are doing. Unfortunately, if someone has lost their vision Laser eye surgery will not help them. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks
      London Vision Clinic

  6. Ralf 18/03/2016 at 05:10

    i m already 18.i have a vision of -5.50 can i go for laser eye treatment

    • Bethany Kingsley 09/04/2016 at 17:20

      Hi Ralf,

      Yes, there is certainly no reason from the information you have given me that you would not be able to have Laser Eye Surgery. We would need to go through some questions with you first and, of course, have a suitability screening. Please call the clinic on 0207 224 1005 for more information.

      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  7. Gamy 09/04/2016 at 20:13

    hi my eyesight is 3.50 and i am 18 and i am experiencing blurriness only when i am looking straight but when i am inclining my head or seeing things by keeping a head up or lowering my head, things are going clearer.Is it because my eyesight worseing or what?

    • Bethany Kingsley 18/05/2016 at 16:18

      Hi Gamy,

      I am afraid we would need to assess whether your eyes have got worse. Do you find that the blurriness is still there when you have the glasses on?

      Thanks,

      London Vision Clinic

  8. Gamy 09/04/2016 at 20:24

    Hi i am 18 and my eyesight is -3.50 and i am experiencing blurriness when i am looking straight (normal way of looking at anything) but i am inclining my head it’s getting clearer or lowering my head but the blurriness is only when i am looking straight.is it because my eyesight have worsen or what?

    • Bethany Kingsley 11/04/2016 at 08:05

      Hi Gamy,

      Is this happening when you are wearing glasses? You would need to get your eyes thoroughly checked for a suitable diagnosis. When was the last time you had an eye examination.

      Thanks

  9. Jessica sadh 18/05/2016 at 15:28

    I am 18 years old my number is -11.5 WITH CYLINDRICAL -2.5 . I want to know is laser eye surgery is an option for me .

    • Bethany Kingsley 18/05/2016 at 16:16

      Hi Jessica,

      We do treat patients as young as 18, however, to confirm if you would be suitable we would need to see you for a consultation. We would need as many previous prescriptions as you can get. It is certainly possible but we would need to make sure that it was the best option for you at this stage. Please let us know if you have any further questions or call the clinic to speak to one of our Patient Care Coordinators on 0207 224 1005.

      Thanks
      London Vision Clinic

  10. matt fielder 15/07/2016 at 02:18

    i have a condition called marfins i started wearing glasses at 38 my precription has been the same for 5 years i dont wear glasses to read are work up close i wear my glasses to watch tv and see across the room i am 53 can i get laser eye surgery are is it too riskey

    • Bethany Kingsley 15/07/2016 at 11:42

      Hi Matt,
      This would very much be on a case by case basis. We would need more information and would most likely need to refer you to an inflammatory specialist we work with- Professor Will Ayliffe. With all of the necessary information we could then advise you if surgery would be a viable option.
      Please contact us on 0207 224 1005 if you have any further questions.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  11. Elen 23/07/2016 at 22:33

    Hi, I’m 18 with -4.25/-3.75 vision at the moment and I am concerned as it has seemed to be increasing the prescription every single time I have had an eye test 🙁
    I am worried about my vision and it’s increasing need for a higher prescription
    Is this normal?
    Is there any way I can better my eyesight without surgery?
    Is the fact that I have big eyes a factor to my myopia?

    • Bethany Kingsley 25/07/2016 at 09:15

      Hi Elen,
      Thank you for your comments.
      It is certainly normal for your prescrip[tion to be changing, but it is important to note to keep up with eye examinations. Yes; often the teenage years are when myopia progresses due to the changing of the eye. In regards to surgery, this is another form of vision correction, much like glasses and contact lenses. It is not a cure for the progression of Myopia. I am not sure what you mean by big eyes. The axial length of the eye does mean you will have myopia, yes. I hope this helps slightly, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0207 224 1005 if you have any further questions.
      Thanks
      London Vision Clinic

  12. Furiora 08/08/2016 at 17:23

    I was born with an off-shape pupil in one of my eyes. Often been decsribed to me as “one eye is a rugby ball not a football”. I’m 22 and short sighted because of it, can this be corrected through L.E.S on the lens?

    • Bethany Kingsley 08/08/2016 at 20:37

      Hi Furiora,

      Thank you for your message. It sounds like you are describing an astigmatism. If that is the case and you can clarify this, then yes, it is very much treatable with Laser Eye Surgery. Do you know your prescription at all. Laser Eye Surgery can usually do what the glasses are doing. If you are happy with the level of vision you achieve with your glasses then surgery could certainly reduce your dependance on visual aids. Please call the clinic on 0207 224 1005.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  13. Alekhya 25/10/2016 at 12:14

    I have been for all lasic tests they said everything is fine and if any one of the family are blind there is a chance of loss of vision my mom’s sister is will there be any genetic issue for loosing vision after lasic

    • Bethany Kingsley 26/10/2016 at 08:52

      Hi Alekhya,
      Unfortunately, we would need to get a bit more information and advise you as to whether you were suitable regarding laser eye surgery. There is unlikely to be any implications from Laser but you would need a thorough examination by a consultant to get all the facts before proceeding.
      Thanks
      London Vision Clinic

  14. Patrick McGeever 09/01/2017 at 17:32

    Hi,
    Can you please advise me to wether or not you are able to have laser eye treatment if you are blind in one eye. Prior to an accident in 2002 I have never had any issues with my eyes. I however do now wear glasses to read and do computer work. I would be very grateful if you would be able to answer my question. I have been told many different answers over the years. With all the advancements and improvements, would it now. be possible. I await an answer in anticipation.
    Regards

    • Bethany Kingsley 09/01/2017 at 18:24

      Hi Patrick,
      Yes, someone who is blind in one eye could be a possible candidate for Laser Eye Surgery. You would certainly want to make sure you visit a specialist clinic. It may be unsuitable due to your age, prescription and other factors. You would have to have a full suitability consultation and of course the surgeon will go through all of the risks involved. The best thing to do would be to call the clinic on 0207 224 1005 so we can go through a few preliminary questions with you to give you a bit more information.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  15. Naomi 10/01/2017 at 22:30

    Hi, I blind in my left eye have been since birth. Would I be able to have surgery on my right eye to correct my vision?
    Thank

    • Bethany Kingsley 11/01/2017 at 10:33

      Hi Naomi,
      Yes, someone who is blind in one eye could be a possible candidate for Laser Eye Surgery. You would certainly want to make sure you visit a specialist clinic. It may be unsuitable due to your age, prescription and other factors. You would have to have a full suitability consultation and of course the surgeon will go through all of the risks involved. The best thing to do would be to call the clinic on 0207 224 1005 so we can go through a few preliminary questions with you to give you a bit more information.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  16. Reza 11/02/2017 at 01:16

    Hi, I want to say thank you for these great informations about laser eye surgery.
    I have 2 questions. Which type of laser surgery is the most operated at the moment in London Vision Clinic? LASIK ,LASEK or PRK?
    Also I’m 25 with -4.25 eye vision. Which type of laser surgery is better for me?
    Thank

    • Bethany Kingsley 16/02/2017 at 15:50

      Hi Reza,
      Less than 1% of our patients are treated using PRK/LASEK and the majority of patietns are treated with LASIK or ReLEx SMILE (the new keyhole procedure). Based on your prescription alone we would not be able to recommend which type of surgery would be best for you. This would be determined after a thorough consultation with an optometrist and your surgeon. Please contact the clinic on 020 7224 1005 if you have any further questions.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  17. yuvaraj 25/02/2017 at 19:07

    By birth my cousin blind,is there any possibilities to do laser eye surgery for curing eyes

    • Bethany Kingsley 27/02/2017 at 10:16

      Hi Yuvaraj,
      Laser eye surgery can usually achieve the vision that a patient gets with contact lenses or glasses. Unfortunately, if a patients vision is not corrected with the lenses then Laser Eye Surgery cannot help.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  18. Rishav 02/03/2017 at 19:01

    Hello…. Sorry I have many questions to ask . I am 32 and have -6D in both eyes . Can I go for Laser ? Do laser surgery fix spherical powers also ? I have heard about Femto LASIK and ReLEX smile laser, what these are ? Are these two variant of laser surgery or there are any other ? Which one is safest ? I am from India , it would be great if you could recommend any clinic for the procedure .

    • Bethany Kingsley 08/03/2017 at 07:57

      Hi Rishav,
      Thank you for your comment. Without a full consultation I cannot determine your suitability, however, your prescription and age are not a contra-indicator. Spherical powers are incorporated into the treated, yes.The two treatments you have mentioned and different techniques to perform refractive laser surgery, yes. As a specialist clinic, we would assess your eyes and determine an individual treatment plan that is best for you. I am afraid that we do not have any recommendations for another clinic. Please call the clinic or email at info@londonvisionclinic.com if you have any further questions.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  19. Sham 13/03/2017 at 07:55

    Hi, I am 27 my prescription is -7.5 in both eyes, will i be at a greater risk of going blind or developing corneal ectasia, at some clinics I’ve been told I am not suitable and others said they can do laser surgery on me. I am so confused.

    • Bethany Kingsley 13/03/2017 at 08:20

      Hi Sham,
      I understand it can be really confusing going through all the information. Firstly, not all clinics have the surgical expertise and technology to treat a higher prescription such as yours. You would certainly want to do your research and ensure you are going to a specialist clinic. Your risk of laser eye surgery should be explained to your clearly after a thorough consultation based on many different scans and tests. Based on the information you have given I see no contraindication at this stage that you would be unsuitable. Please contact the clinic on 020 7224 1005 if you have any further questions.
      Thanks, London Vision Clinic

  20. BHARATH 17/03/2017 at 16:15

    Hi sir my eyes is -1.2 can i do laser operation my age 22

    • Bethany Kingsley 20/03/2017 at 09:03

      Hi Bharath, there is no reason based on the information that you have given that you couldn’t be assessed for your suitability for Laser Eye Surgery.
      Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  21. David McEwan 12/12/2017 at 00:05

    Hi just wondering is it possible to get a laser eye surgery (LASIK or LASEK), because I’m partially sighted. My left eye is effected and my right eye is fine. I’m 21 years old. What caused the problem was playing video games and sitting close to the TV screen (the old cathode ray tube tv’s in the 2000’s) and I was playing my games all of the time and putting a lot of strain into my eyes but finding out it’s my left eye that got the worst of it. I’m currently wearing glasses.

    • Bethany Kingsley 09/01/2018 at 11:18

      Hi David, we would need you to come in for a full eye assessment to determine your eye health and suitability. If you would like to find out more, please call to speak to a Patient Care Coordinator on 020 7224 1005.
      Many Thanks,
      London Vision Clinic

  22. SULEIMAN YUSUF 29/04/2018 at 21:50

    PLEASE CAN YOU ADVISE ME ON WHAT EYE SURGERY IS SUITABLE FOR ME. I AM 55 YEARS OLD MY LEFT EYE HAS -7.5 WHILE MY RIGHT EYE IS -5.5? WHERE IS THE SAFEST PLACE TO DO THE SURGERY AND WHAT DOES IT COST?

    • Chloe Lay 04/05/2018 at 09:46

      Suleiman, you are within our treatable parameters, so the next step would be calling us to find out more, and discuss with a Patient Care Coordinator on 020 7224 1005. Our prices are listed here – https://www.londonvisionclinic.com/prices/ We run many tests and scans on your eyes, to determine which procedure will give you the optimal results. Many Thanks, London Vision Clinic

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