Although LASIK has emerged as one of the most reliable methods to reduce dependence on contact lenses and glasses, it is still surgery. It is vital that patients understand the associated LASIK eye surgery risks.
However, not only has LASIK been performed and perfected for more than three decades, including in New York, NY, at our office, but statistics indicate extremely high success and satisfaction rates among patients. The risk of complications is consequently very low. As a well-respected ophthalmologist with more than 20 years of training and experience, Dr. Laurence Sperber routinely helps individuals with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism via this reliable procedure.
Breaking Down the Risks
One of the best-understood side effects of LASIK is a reduction in tear production. For several weeks or months after surgery, patients may need to supplement their natural tears with prescription eye care drops and solutions. Dr. Sperber monitors the progress of all patients to address any dry eye symptoms.
Usually, the feeling of dryness goes away within approximately six months of the procedure. However, some patients may need to rely on artificial tears even after their eyes have fully healed.
Flap Complications and Infections
As part of the LASIK surgery procedure, Dr. Sperber creates a flap in the cornea. This flap is pulled back to give access to the tissues underneath and then returned to its original position.
Occasionally, the flap of tissue attaches in a way that causes scar tissue to develop. Because it can interfere with vision, this extra tissue may require further surgery to correct. At the same time, because the corneal flap is exposed to the air, there is a risk of infection, as well. To reduce this hazard, patients should follow Dr. Sperber’s post-operative care directions and not rub their eyes.
Rubbing your eyes after LASIK surgery can potentially disrupt the recovery process and leave you more vulnerable to infection.
Halos, Glare, and Related Visual Issues
In the first few days following surgery, most individuals have difficulty looking at bright objects. They may seem to have a halo or glare around them. However, as your eyes heal and your sight refines, these common visual abnormalities typically fade.
In some situations, though, patients keep seeing halos and glaring long after their LASIK surgery. This can make driving more difficult, especially at night. Any such long-term visual issues should be discussed with Dr. Sperber during follow-up appointments so he can develop a plan to minimize their effects.
Under- and Over-Corrections
During LASIK surgery, a microscopic portion of the cornea is removed. Although the high-tech equipment used during the treatment is extremely precise, it may not always result in 20/25 or better vision. In fact, visual over-corrections and under-corrections still occur occasionally.
In the case of an under-correction, you may need a second LASIK surgery after your eyes have completely healed from the first LASIK surgery. For over-corrections, you may need to rely on glasses or contact lenses in certain situations.
LASIK eye surgery is considered extremely safe and dependable when performed by an ophthalmologist with Dr. Sperber’s credentials and training.
Major Changes in or Loss of Vision
LASIK eye surgery is considered extremely safe and dependable when performed by an ophthalmologist with Dr. Sperber’s credentials and training. Very rarely do patients experience any type of permanent vision loss or extreme vision changes. Still, it is a possibility that needs to be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to seek treatment.
Discuss LASIK Eye Surgery Risks
If you are interested in learning more about the potential risks of LASIK eye surgery, please contact Dr. Sperber’s office in New York, NY. Together, you can discuss LASIK surgery’s rewards and possible side effects based on your health history and vision goals.