Can I go blind from the procedure?

Eye scan at London Vision Clinic

Along with vaccines, the zombie apocalypse, and anything that has wings, losing my eyesight is up there among my biggest fears.

Most of the things that give me the heebie-jeebies are embarrassingly either non-life threatening, or just plain silly. They’ve in some way or another manifested themselves in my brain to cause an emotional response whenever thought of or encountered.

I’ll never forget, growing up as the quiet wimpy kid, the time when I hid in the bathroom on the day of our routine shots; or when the angry group of crows that lived on my block attacked my grandma. And there’s no need to explain my fear of the imminent destruction of humankind by raging blood-thirsty zombies.

But loosing my eyesight is one of the fears on the list that is logical and very real. Our vision allows us to navigate the world and experience it in all its glory. In just a single glance—a mere fraction of a second—our eyes convert beams of light bouncing off objects into crisp, deep, and vivid visual images, allowing us to see such sights as towering mountain ranges, dense jungles, spectacular waterfalls, and brilliant sunsets.

Out of all of the five senses, your sight is definitely not the one you want to give up first. So if any experience or decision will heighten your chance of losing it, you’re definitely going to think twice about it.

However, some things in life are just unavoidable. And statistics from the US on causes of blindness show nearly all cases of blindness are caused by eye diseases, for example glaucoma or diabetes, with just 4 percent occurring from eye trauma.

Why you shouldn’t need to worry about going blind from Laser Eye Surgery


Technically there is an exceedingly small risk of blindness with laser eye surgery but it is lower than the risk of wearing monthly contact lenses for one year, so a risk that everyone seems to accept as perfectly reasonable

Although extremely rare, there are cases from around the world of people loosing extensive vision following Laser Eye Surgery. In unfortunate cases such as these, a combination of factors are in play, including the technology in use, the expertise and experience of the laser eye surgeon, the prescription of the patient, and the particular circumstances.

As you can see it not only is a question of where you have your Laser Eye Surgery, but also what events pan out on the day. It would take a series of occurrences or complications to arise in order to reach a point where the surgeon could not adequately restore the vision of the patient.

The reality is in the hands of an expert surgeon using today’s technology, the chance of going blind from Laser Eye Surgery is almost immeasurable. So choose the right clinic and you need not fear for your vision—putting you at a great advantage when the walking dead do launch their attack.

Check out our FAQ to answer more questions and concerns of Laser Eye Surgery.

If you’d like to book a consultation at London Vision Clinic, or find out more about the risks of Laser Eye Surgery, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.