LASIK Eye Surgery Risks

Getting comfortable with LASIK. The LASIK team at Cherry Creek Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. is always searching for technological methods of reducing the risks involved with this procedure. The more advanced our equipment becomes, the less likely complications may occur. However, any type of surgery carries with it some inherent risks.

Minor complication rates are only at 1%-2%, but patients still must be informed of every possible scenario. Dr. Lewis goes over everything involved during a patient’s thorough evaluation and answers any questions he or she may have about the risks and benefits of this and other refractive procedures. Before we move ahead with a LASIK date, we want to make sure the patient is completely informed and comfortable with their decision.

As with any surgical procedure there are several risks and potential complications. The following are some of the more common problems seen after laser vision surgery:

  • Discomfort – Few patients experience discomfort. When they do, it is usually described as a slight stinging feeling or foreign body sensation. Relief is usually provided by one of the over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol.
  • Light Sensitivity – Patients are very different in how they react to light during the early postoperative period. Most light sensitivity resolves within three to six hours after their procedure. The sensitivity can last for two to three days.
  • Under/Over Correction – Occasionally, the amount of correction achieved is either more or less than the desired amount. In these cases, after a short period of stabilization, a no-cost (no professional fee) enhancement procedure is performed. Some patients elect to wear glasses for specific tasks if the under/over correction is mild.
  • Dry Eye – This type of side effect is more common than others, but is easily relieved through artificial tears and prescription eyedrops.
  • Infection – The infection rate associated with photorefractive procedures is under 0.2%. Antibiotic drops are used to guard against infection. By using these drops before and after surgery, the risk of infection is reduced to an acceptable level.
  • Halos/Glare – Symptoms of glare were thought to be related primarily to the pupil size but only about 1% of patients do complain of glare postoperatively. Since the development of the corneal tracking technology, patient complaints of glare after photorefractive surgery have become rare. Usually, the glare is most noticeable at night and will fade with time.
  • Vision Threatening Complications – The risk of vision threatening problems is well under 0.25%.

Complimentary LASIK Consultation Think of the LASIK consultation as “LASIK Open House.” This appointment is a time to learn all one can about the procedure and it’s associated risks, how it can help, and whether or not it is the best form of vision enhancement option at this time. Call or Email us to schedule an appointment.

If you’re considering LASIK eye surgery, trust the Denver and Cherry Creek LASIK center with the experience and personalized service you deserve. Call or email Cherry Creek Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.C. for more information on the benefits of laser vision correction.

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