Benefits and Risks of Lasik
As with any elective surgery, one must weigh the benefits against the risks. Our patients believe that the benefits outweigh the risks. Many patients after refractive surgery have seen their activity level increase as sports no longer require corrective lenses. Others are impressed with something as simple as they can wake up and see the alarm clock. Realizing surgery is cost effective compared to replacing and updating glasses and contact lenses. Some are relieved of dryness and redness from contact lens wear. Still others are happy that they no longer have to deal with glasses fogging as the temperature changes.
Risks include, but are not limited to:
- Retreatment’s (for residual myopia or for induced hyperopia)
- Persistent glare or halos around lights
- Corneal haze or irregularities (only rarely detectable by the patient)
- Problems arising from a “lost” corneal cap (LASIK)
- Infection (PRK/LASIK but exceedingly rare with either procedure)
- The inability to be corrected to 20/20 post-operatively
Under special circumstances, it is best to avoid refractive surgery.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Monocularity (having good vision in only one eye)
- Not yet celebrating your 18th birthday
- Unstable refractions (your glasses and/or contact lens prescriptions change quickly)
- Autoimmune disorders (such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- Unrealistic expectations
Refractive procedures are designed to leave the patient with the best vision attainable, however, this is not always surgically possible. Some people may desire to wear glasses or contact lenses after the procedure for even better visual acuity. Few prefer retreatment’s (usually severe myopic patients). Many patients report clearer, crisper vision the same day (PRK/LASIK) others experience fluctuating vision or “blur” (PRK/LASIK)until their eyes stabilize. Understanding the entire process and possible alternatives is the most important aspect regarding any surgery one is considering. Questions and concerns are welcomed and addressed during the free consultation.