Can Laser Eye Surgery ruin your eyesight?
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.
Sensationalist stories; freak accidents; overblown opinions—these are all things which have played their part in what has become a blurry haze around the truth and tosh of Laser Eye Surgery. Combine this with the rapid advancement of the industry, and it’s easy to become confused.
One hot topic where you’ll find much rhetoric and conflicting information is based around the idea that Laser Eye Surgery can make you go blind. So without further ado…
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Can Laser Eye Surgery make you go blind?
Anything that involves lasers and eyes is bound to stir up worry, but realistically, the chance of loosing vision in just one eye a result of Laser Eye Surgery is about the same odds you have of dying in a plane crash—roughly 1 in 5 million.
The theory is somewhat like a plane crash too. In order for someone to be left with an extensive loss of vision, it would take a series of unfortunate events to unfold in succession. Such cases have been reported around the world—albeit very rarely. 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 matter in the short video below:
Mr Glenn Carp answers: Can I go blind after Laser Eye Surgery?
What are the chances of reduced vision post surgery?
Having now established the rarity of going blind as a result of surgery, let’s take a look at the chances of leaving the clinic with a worse level of vision than when you arrived.
The chances of leaving with reduced vision depends on a number of things, but primarily you and your eyes. And therefore this is something that is best discussed with your optometrist and a laser eye surgeon at any good laser eye clinic.
We can say though that overall, the chances of something going wrong during surgery are extremely slim, with the chance of encountering a situation in which the surgeon could not satisfactorily correct the problem being around 1 in 30,000.
Post-surgery however, there is one thing we all can’t avoid—ageing. And as we get older, our eyes are susceptible to the same effects of all our other organs. The effect of ageing on the eye specifically is known as Presbyopia.
That means, 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. But the good news is that Laser Eye Surgery can be used to compensate for these small changes with just a simple adjustment or enhancement procedure.
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.