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What Are the Risks of LASIK Surgery?

By Dr. David Masihdas on September 04, 2015

An eye being treated with a LASIK laserPatients in and around Salt Lake City who come to Utah Eye Associates know that they will receive exceptional vision correction treatment, including custom LASIK surgery for refractive errors.

Of course, even though LASIK is highly effective, it's important that patients understand all of the potential risks involved with the procedure. With that in mind, let's consider the risks of LASIK in a bit of detail and how these potential complications can be avoided.

Risks Are Present with Any Surgery

It's important that LASIK patients understand that there are risks associated with all kinds of vision correction procedures. There are thankfully a number of ways that modern LASIK surgeons minimize risks of surgery, meaning safer eye care and better results for everyone who visits a practice.

Still, it's important that patient's understand all of the potential risks of LASIK surgery so they have realistic expectations about the procedure.

Potential for Infection After LASIK

After any surgery, infection is a potential risk to keep in mind. Thankfully this is less of an issue today due to improve techniques and technologies. For one, a special laser is used to create the corneal flaps, which means no need for physical contact with the eye as there was in the past. In addition, medicated eye drops and special LASIK goggles are used to prevent infection and protect the eyes from harmful particles in the air.

Issues with Overcorrection and Undercorrection

Overcorrection and undercorrection occur when the corneas are improperly reshaped. Overcorrection refers to the removal or revision of too much corneal tissue while undercorrection refers to the revision of too little corneal tissue. Undercorrection can be corrected with a revision procedure, through overcorrection will require patients to wear corrective lenses to address the problem.

Possible Flap Complications

During LASIK surgery, a flap is created on the topmost layer of the cornea. This flap is peeled back so the LASIK laser can reshape the overall cornea and improve the passage of light through the eyes. Flap complications occur when there is an issue with the flap as it heals. This may include folds or wrinkles in the flap, outer portions of the flap becoming ingrown, and so on. These flap issues can lead to pain, irritation, and problems with vision.

Corrective procedures are typically effective at addressing these flap problems.

Serious Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye is a common side effect that occurs after LASIK, which is why patients are advised to carry eye drops with them at all times as they are healing. In rare instances, patients may develop severe and chronic dry eye after they have undergone LASIK. This is typically avoidable through good pre-planning and proper aftercare.

Exceptional Care: How We Reduce Laser Eye Surgery Risks

In addition to some of the preventative measures noted above, it should be noted that we use the most advanced technology available in order to perform laser eye surgery that is safe and effective. Our surgical team has years of experience and is totally committed to performing each procedure as carefully and deliberately as possible.

Contact Our Team of LASIK Surgeons to Learn More

For more information about LASIK and your other options for advanced vision correction, it's important that you contact our laser eye surgery center today. The team at Utah Eye Associates looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve better eyesight.

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