Can I Go Blind After Laser Eye Surgery? [VIDEO]
The chance of going blind from Laser Eye Surgery in the hands of an expert laser eye surgeon using the best technology in the region of 1 in 5 million.
Strictly, the answer to this question (in theory) is yes, but for all practical considerations it is extremely unlikely. In fact, Laser Eye surgery is one of the safest medical procedures carried out.
As our 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. But, it is vital to know and understand the risks.
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.
- 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, as Mr Carp states in the video, 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 events to arise in succession, remain undiagnosed and/or ignored. This is almost unheard of, particularly among leading Laser Eye Surgery surgeons, who have lengthy screening and assessment processes to help prevent any unexpected complications.
As you can see losing your vision as a result of surgery is very rare indeed. The bottom line is only 1 in 5 million may lose sight in one eye.
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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