Laser Eye Surgery risks
Search the web for Laser Eye Surgery and you’ll come across everything from tabloid articles titled THE PROCEDURE THAT RUINED MY LIFE to companies touting money-back guarantees if you don’t achieve perfect vision.
This can be incredibly frustrating if you’re interested in Laser Eye Surgery and are simply trying to find out the facts: i.e. how risky the surgery is, the chances of complications, what the side effects are.
On the one hand, you have stories indicating you should avoid the procedure at all costs, and on the other, you have clinics claiming you have absolutely nothing to worry about.
So where does the truth lie? How much of it is just sensationalised stories and deceptive marketing? In the next few minutes, we’re going to separate the nonsense from the facts and help you understand the real risks of Laser Eye Surgery.
The chances of complications
The likelihood of complications varies from clinic to clinic, but on the whole, in 2017, there’s an incredibly small chance of the patient leaving the clinic with worse vision than when they went in.
And with thorough preoperative testing, experienced surgeons, up to date equipment, and proper follow-up care, these chances drop even further. At London Vision Clinic, it’s extremely uncommon that any problem would arise that a surgeon could not satisfactorily correct.
Prof Reinstein talks about the risk of complications during Laser Eye Surgery.
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Most patients experience dry eye after Laser Eye Surgery — this is why we provide lubricating eye drops to all patients. This is a normal part of the recovery phase and typically lasts from a few days to a few weeks, but in a small number of cases, it can persist longer.
It’s also common for patients to have some night vision disturbances. For instance, visual disruptions such as halos or starbursts around headlights and street lamps while driving. This is a temporary effect caused by the swelling of the cornea, and therefore, in the vast majority of cases, clears up within a few weeks.
Other than that, there’s really nothing else you need to worry about. You don’t need to worry about experiencing pain, you don’t need to worry about messing up the procedure, and you certainly don’t need to worry about going blind. The fact is, given a comprehensive screening, expert surgeons, and the latest technology, Laser Eye Surgery truly is the safest surgical procedure in the world.