The Risks of LASIK Surgery

El Paso LASIK Risks

Feb 25, 2015 @ 11:20 AM — by Paul S. Gulbas, M.D
Tagged with: Lasik | Risks |

An eye seen in close up about to be treatedAt El Paso Eye Surgeons, it's important to us that patients understand all of the benefits of undergoing LASIK surgery to treat refractive errors. Of course, it's also important to us that patients understand the risks of the procedure as well and have realistic expectations about the whole treatment process. With that in mind, we'd like to cover the potential serious side effects and complications that LASIK patients may face after surgery.

The Possibility of Infection

Surgeries generally entail a certain potential for infection, and LASIK is no exception. This is why so much is caution is taken during the surgery and after the surgery. Patients are instructed to stay away from hot tubs and pools after LASIK to help reduce infection risks. Special goggles are worn following LASIK that also help prevent accidental contact with the eyes and help keep away particulate matter that can cause infections.

Overcorrection or Undercorrection of Vision

Overcorrection and undercorrection refer to instances in which the corneas are insufficiently reshaped, leading to vision that is not as clear or as sharp as it should be. In these cases, sometimes a corrective/secondary LASIK procedure can be performed in order to achieve the proper results for the patient. When this is not an option, patients will need to wear corrective lenses to address the issue.

Flap Complications

During LASIK surgery, a flap is created in the epithelium, which is the topmost layer of the corneal surface. Through this flap, a LASIK surgeon is able to make adjustments to the patient's corneal contour and enhance his or her vision.

Flap complications refer to cases in which the flap is moved after surgery or heals improperly when set down. These complications can lead to issues with vision as well as discomfort of the eyes.

Persistent Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a common side effect after LASIK, so a certain degree of dry eye is to be expected. In rare instances, though, it is possible for patients to suffer from chronic dry eye after LASIK has been performed, which can be quite painful as well as inconvenient.

What Patients Can do to Reduce the Possibility of Complications

It's crucial that patients follow all of their pre-op instructions to the letter as well as their post-op instructions. These are provided in order to ensure optimal healing conditions for patients and to reduce the risks of serious complications occurring.

How LASIK Specialists Reduce the Possibility of Complications

Advances in technology have allowed LASIK surgeons to greatly reduce the risk of potential complications.

For one, LASIK these days tends to performed only using lasers, meaning that there are no physical tools that need to come into direct contact with the eye and hence increase the risk of infection. In addition, LASIK is generally computer guided today in order to provide a proper measurement of the corneal shape and avoid the potential for human error.

In essence, the advances in laser vision correction technology in recent years have led to an even safer and more effective form of refractive surgery that benefits patients.

Schedule a Consultation at El Paso Eye Surgeons

For more information about LASIK as well as your many alternatives for improving your vision, it's important that you contact our team of laser eye care and vision correction specialists today. The entire team here at El Paso Eye Surgeons looks forward to your visit.