Like all surgeries, LASIK (laser eye surgery for vision correction) has risks. Research has shown that serious complications are rare and that the majority of patients are happy with the results. But anyone considering elective surgery should get the facts from their ophthalmologist about risks, outcomes and realistic expectations.
The risks of LASIK have been extensively studied in the 20 years since the surgery was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More than 300 peer-reviewed studies have shown that, on average, 95 percent of patients were satisfied with their outcome after LASIK surgery. and 100 percent said they would recommend it to other aviators. Undergoing laser vision correction experienced some type of problem. These days, this number is under 1 percent for serious complications. The FDA further publishes that less than 1 percent of those who undergo LASIK report that the visual symptoms require corrective lenses or are debilitating and prevent them from participating in normal everyday activities. Public confidence in LASIK has grown in recent years due to the solid success rate of LASIK surgery outcomes.
Temporary side-effects can include:
visual disturbances and common side effects of LASIK typically clear up as your eyes heal within a few days to weeks after the procedure. But some people may also get long-term complications like eye infections, vision loss, chronic pain, and detached retinas. Long-term complications are considered rare and generally the result of poor aftercare, wound healing, or infections.
The latest peer-reviewed, published clinical data provides compelling LASIK side effect statistics:
The first step is to determine if you are a good candidate for vision correction surgery. The eye doctor will perform a thorough diagnostic eye exam to determine your suitability for LASIK surgery. He or she will evaluate: the shape and thickness of your cornea; your refractive errors and pupil size; the moistness of your eyes. this is vital to undergo a thorough assessment prior to LASIK to discuss the possible risk factors with your surgeon.
Certain conditions and anatomical factors can increase your risk of an undesirable outcome or limit optimal LASIK results. These include: