Can Laser Eye Surgery ruin your eyesight?

Laser Eye Surgery team

With any surgical procedure there comes an element of risk, and with Laser Eye Surgery, it’s no different.

However, with much thanks to the internet and no doubt to the presence of the word ‘laser’ in its name, it’s all too easy to come across wild myths and tales about the Laser Eye Surgery procedure and its effects.

Whether it’s a sensationalist story in the media written to stir up a fuss or a rare incident from an inadequately equipped clinic twenty years ago when the procedure was still being developed, it’s easy to simply be overwhelmed and not know what to believe.

But when you look at little closer and choose your sources wisely, then all quickly becomes clear.

Take, for instance, the idea that Laser Eye Surgery can make you go blind. The answer to this question may change depending on what website you click on or media story you read. The fact is, there is a lot of rhetoric and conflicting information out there, and yet the actual answer couldn’t be simpler. 

Can Laser Eye Surgery make you go blind?

Essentially, no. 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

Realistically, however, there is nothing to worry about. For one, the lasers used in Laser Eye surgery are “cold” lasers, meaning they don’t create a heating or burning effect and therefore produce no sensation or damage to the skin.

In order for someone to be left with an extensive loss of vision, it would, therefore, necessitate that a series of unfortunate events would have to unfold in succession. Such cases have been reported around the world — albeit very rarely and not among the leading clinics.

The reality is, with current advancements in technology, screening, and the overall safety of the procedure, the chances of losing vision are already extremely low, and are only going to get lower.

Expert laser eye surgeon Mr Glenn Carp sheds a bit more light on the question, whether Laser Eye Surgery can make you go blind in the short video below:

What are the chances of reduced vision post-surgery?

Having now established the rarity of going blind as a result of Laser Eye Surgery, your attention naturally turns to the next worst thing that can happen: leaving the clinic with a poorer level of vision than when you arrived.

The chances of having Laser Eye Surgery and leaving the clinic with reduced vision depends on a number of things, but primarily you and your eyes.

Therefore, this question is something that will be discussed with your optometrist and laser eye surgeon in detail before your procedure at any good laser eye clinic.

We can say, though, that overall, the chances of something going wrong during surgery are extremely slim. The chance of encountering a situation in which the surgeon could not satisfactorily correct the problem is around 1 in 30,000.

Post-surgery however, there is one thing we all can’t avoid — ageing. As we get older, our eyes are susceptible to the same effects of all our other organs. This effect of ageing on the eye is specifically known as Presbyopia.

Between the ages of 45-65, it’s almost certain to say that presbyopia will rear its head and interfere with your quality of vision. However, the good news is that if presbyopia becomes a problem for you, Laser Eye Surgery can be used to compensate for these changes with a simple and revolutionary procedure.

Aside from ageing, Laser Eye Surgery is a permanent procedure that will see you not having to wear glasses or contacts for many years to come, if not forever. Add to that the fact that in 2019 the procedure is incredibly common and safe, and there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying its incredible benefits today.

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