If you are one of the patients who are going to undergo laser eye surgery, it is necessary for you to know the risks that related to laser eye surgery. Following are three kinds of the risks that may happen due to the laser eye surgery.
- complete loss of vision
- dry eyes
- oversensitivity to light
While LASIK eye surgery is often an effective solution to the inconvenience of glasses, the procedure, which involves laser reshaping of the cornea, can lead to tragic results if pre-surgery screening, the procedure itself or post-surgery is not performed with proper care.
Worldwide, an average 95.4 percent of LASIK patients are satisfied with their new vision, according to the first review of the world body of scientific literature, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).
The LASIK eye surgery is widely adopted simply because of its simple procedure; it is not time consuming and is absolutely painless. And beyond all factors is the success rate, which is higher when compared to others of eye surgery. Statistically speaking the laser surgery has minimal side effects; chances of developing infection or the process of healing may take a longer time could be the least of side effects that occur after the laser surgery. But with proper care and following the advice of your eye doctor can help you avoid these side effects.
LASIK surgeons always use cutting edge technology and developing sophisticated computer nomograms to improve their results in surgery (a nomogram is the surgeon’s personalized calibration of a patient’s prescription, which is unique to that surgeon and the laser he uses; this is directly proportional to the surgeon’s experience and your eye doctor’s ability to control environmental factors such as temperature and humidity in the procedure room.) The LASIK is becoming more surgeon dependant. Therefore, patients need to be even more vigilant in choosing their LASIK surgeon.
In the beginning, many patients assumed that with the evolution of refractive surgery and improving technology, a good outcome with LASIK surgery would become less dependent on the surgeon, yet the opposite is true. Advanced technology has created new possibilities. Using and understanding these new technologies requires a more skilled and experienced surgeon. Having said that, patients need to understand that LASIK is not a new procedure. For 95% of patients, there is no need to wait for further developments in refractive surgery. This technology is already multigenerational and well established. In fact, LASIK is not a new procedure. It is a combination of two earlier procedures. The flap part of LASIK is called keratomileusis. This has been around for over 50 years. The laser that is used in LASIK has been in use on human corneas for 16 years. LASIK is a combination of these two well-established procedures. But remember, it is still the surgeon that makes it all happen.
How can you see the most problems depends on your surgeon. That’s why you should carefully choose a surgeon for you personally. The following are suggested questions to consider when choosing a surgeon:
Question: How many procedures has the doctor performed?
Answer: Should be 5,000 or more.
Question: Will your surgeon perform the postoperative exams personally?
Answer: Yes, they should. During the postoperative exams, subtle adjustments to your eye drop regimen can optimize your results and these decisions should be made by your surgeon.
Question: Will the surgeon spend time with you in consultation at your preoperative evaluation?
Answer: Yes. You need to develop a trusting relationship with your eye doctor. This may take time but it is to the patient’s advantage. In addition, all of your questions and concerns should be addressed personally by the surgeon prior to your procedure.
Question: If you are over 40, did your surgeon explain your customized choices for reading vision?
Answer: If not, they are using the “one size fits all” approach and all patients have different lifestyles and needs postoperatively.
The bottom line in choosing your surgeon is that you must feel comfortable with your eye doctor’s credentials and bedside manner. This is why it is critical to meet your surgeon prior to your procedure and have him/her follow you for all of your postoperative visits.
With 16.3 million patients having had LASIK worldwide, and more than a decade of clinical study and technological innovation behind it, LASIK is considered among the most successful elective procedures available today.
As you can can see from above numbers there is no such a big dangers which you could imagine. All that you should do is to find a good, caring and professional eye doctor which will perform for you this short time LASIK surgery.