LASIK eye surgery is not a completely safe procedure. Remember we are talking about a surgery, therefore, like other surgeries, there are risks of complications.
The statistics of LASIK complications may vary according to each particular study, however, these studies are always evaluated by standard criteria, which involve: technology, treatment and refractive errors. Although, there is a lot of information about this particular surgery on the Web, we will always see entities or I should say websites that are against this ambulatory procedure, and here is why:
According to the magazine Cornea, Edition Apr 26, 2007 - (3):246-54, Article: Outcomes of LASIK for myopia with FDA-approved lasers.
17.5% of patients reported seeing halos
19.7% reported starbursts (glare)
19.3% are unable to drive at night
21% have chronically dry eyes
Study was made by: Bailey MD, Zadnik K.
It is important to clarify the following: The clinical data above was documented in 2006 and published in 2007. The true is that these outcomes are very different from today's outcomes, because there is better technology available in the industry, which allows practitioners to have better training and better practice, reducing potential LASIK problems significantly, in fact, some doctors have a complication rate below the 2% of their entire patients.
They completely gloss over the risks and possible side effects and complications during LASIK surgery and after LASIK surgery are:
Dry eye, Infection, Overcorrection, Undercorrection, Visual acuity fluctuation, Halos, Starbursts, Ghost images, Double vision, Wrinkles in corneal flap, Off-center ablation, Debris under corneal flap, Abnormal growth under corneal flap, Thin corneal flap, Buttonhole corneal flap and Erosion of epithelium.
The most common problem which can occur during LASIK surgery is that the corneal flap detaches from the rest of the cornea. This is why, immediately after surgery, patients are told to go home and sleep to let the flap heal. Vigorous eye movement can compromise the flap in this critical stage.
Studies have shown that complications can arise when cutting open the corneal flap in 0.244% of cases. These complications include displaced flaps, folds in the flaps, epithelial ingrowth and diffuse lamella keratitis. It turns out that it rarely leads to permanent loss of visual acuity.
Page updated Oct 01, 2012
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