The Unbiased Truth About LASIK Eye Surgery ― Is it Good or Bad for Your Eyes?

One of the most common questions the eye surgeons at Atlanta LASIK are asked is about potential side effects and complications of LASIK surgery. While extremely rare, it is vital that each person consults with an eye surgeon to discuss common after-care side effects like dry eyes, glare or bursts of light. It will also allow a person to comprehend when a complication like chronic pain, infection, detached retinas or loss of vision occurs. To understand if LASIK eye surgery is good or bad for your eyes, here is the unbiased truth about risks and complications.

What Is LASIK?

LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is the most popular laser vision correction procedure globally. Patients typically achieve near perfect vision and can engage in many activities without corrective lens. While the benefits are aplenty, there are also some side effects that each patient should be aware of before opting for LASIK since you will require aftercare.

Evaluating the LASIK Success Rate

Did you know that studies on visual acuity ― vision sharpness and static measurement ― report a 99 percent success rating of 20/40 vision and 90 percent achieve 20/20? A study published in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery found that patient satisfaction exceeds 96 percent worldwide. If you are considering eye surgery to correct your vision, evaluating the success rate is an essential task.

Possible Side Effects and Risks

While each person’s experience differs, there are some side effects that are common among patients including temporary disruption of sight, blurry vision and dry eyes. An eye surgeon will set these expectations so you can differentiate between usual side effects and complications. Here is a list of possible side effects and ways you can overcome them with minor modifications:

  • Vision disruption: While rare, you may experience a vision disruption because of complications during the surgery. When this issue occurs, patients do not see as clearly as they did previously.

  • Dry eyes: Dryness is quite common after LASIK because of the lessening of tear productivity which will last about six months. Eye doctors typically recommend using an over-the-counter eye drops.

  • Undercorrection: If the surgeon does not remove enough tissue, it will not correctly repair your vision.  When an undercorrection occurs, you will need to have a second surgery to fix it.

  • Overcorrection: During the LASIK procedure, it is possible for a laser to take away too much tissue which will lead to further complications because of the complexity of repairing this issue.

  • Double vision or glare: After LASIK surgery, some patients have difficulty with night vision. Double vision and glare are possible short and long-term when there is a presence of bright light.

  • Fold issues: When folding or removing the flap of the eye during surgery, it is possible that it can cause complications like extreme tear productivity, infection or epithelium abnormality.

  • Astigmatisms: A person can develop astigmatisms during surgery when tissue removal is unequal. In these situations, additional surgery or glasses will be necessary to correct the issue.

Always ask your eye surgeon about his or her success rate and possible complications as it allows you to set clear expectations and understand the risks before the procedure.