The first laser eye surgery was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1995 and since then, millions of people have been lured by the promise of a life without prescription glasses or contact lenses. And yet, more than 15 years into the existence of the technology, there are still many dangers laser eye surgery presents.
The procedure, often known by the acronym LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, uses a laser to reshape the patient’s cornea. While many patients are please with the procedure there are still risks of complications, some of them quite serious.
1) Most people only require one surgery but it certain cases, particularly for people with strong or irregular prescriptions, a second procedure is necessary for the operation to be fully effective. Unfortunately, the patient must wait months before the second laser eye surgery so that their eyes can heal and recover in the interim.
2) The whole point of laser eye surgery is to leave your eyewear behind, and yet in some cases people still need to wear prescription glasses or lenses after their surgery. This is because for someone with multiple vision problems, such as nearsightedness and an astigmatism, the adjustment to the cornea might not correct all of them.
3) Sometimes the effects of the surgery are not permanent and begin to reverse over time. This occurs more among older patients whose vision deteriorates as part of the aging process, but it is still an unexpected and unwelcome surprise to many people considering the procedure.
4) While laser eye surgery is intended to improve the quality of life for people who elect to have, it sometimes has the opposite effect. Some post-op patients report ongoing problems with dry eyes, hazy vision, and double vision.
5) Finally, in extreme cases LASIK laser eye surgery can damage your eyes in ways that can’t be corrected by prescription glasses and contacts. This might be a result of scarring, infection, or equipment malfunctions.