What is the worst thing that can happen after Laser Eye Surgery?
The level of risk of Laser Eye Surgery largely depends on two factors: Where you have the surgery, and the condition of your eyesight before having surgery.
As Professor Reinstein explains in the video below, there’s a range of competency in the Laser Eye Surgery field that means the chances of something going wrong can vary from clinic to clinic.
Rushed consultations, low-grade technology, a lack of expertise or experience; these are all things which heighten your risk and make choosing where to have your Laser Eye Surgery a crucial part of the process.
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In the hands of an expert Laser Eye Surgeon using up-to-date technology, the chance of a slight complication occurring is around 1 in 1000, with the chance of a situation arising which the surgeon could not satisfactorily correct being closer to 1 in 30,000.
But we also need to consider you and your unique eyes and vision. There is no other way to do this than with a thorough consultation with an optometrist and a Laser Eye Surgeon, which will be carried out at any good laser eye clinic.
If, during your consultation, risk factors that could increase your chances of complications are discovered, your treatment plan would be adjusted accordingly and discussed with you in detail so you can make an informed decision.
In the short video below, Prof Reinstein puts the risks of Laser Eye Surgery into perspective and talks about the worst thing that can happen after surgery.
Prof Reinstein answers the question: What is the worst thing that can happen after Laser Eye Surgery?
As Prof Reinstein states, the reality of something going wrong is that there’s a very small chance of having a little bit of residual blurring, doubling, or something not right with the vision after surgery, that can’t be sharpened by wearing glasses.
In this case, the level of vision of the patient before the surgery will have been extremely blurry, and will still see vast improvements in clarity and acuity following the procedure.
And in addition to this, vision may well be completely restored by having a short enhancement procedure to fit it. All in all, the risk of it coming to this point is lower than one in a thousand—so less than 0.1%.
Managing the risks of Laser Eye Surgery
Laser Eye Surgery is incredibly safe, but no surgery is entirely without some level of risk. The fact is that an expert surgeon will have the knowledge to manage complications properly, and will often be able to correct any complications that do occur.
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.