LASIK or laser assisted in situ keratomileusis is commonly referred to as laser eye surgery. The surgery is done by a licensed ophthalmologist to correct various eye illnesses such as astigmatism, myopia and hyperopia.
LASIK is a very safe procedure with a success rate of treating vision problems of up to 95 percent. The procedure is fast and has long term results in correcting eye issues. This is actually one of the most popular eye procedures for patients.
LASIK can correct vision. Some report seeing immediately after surgery. The patient does not feel any pain during the laser surgery. There is no need to wear protective bandages after surgery. If the desired result is not attained, the patient can undergo another LASIK treatment a few years later.
Just like any surgery, however, LASIK does involve some risks. One of the most common complaints after LASIK surgery is ‘dry eyes’. In March 2006, around 36 percent of patients undergoing LASIK complained of dry eyes problem 6 months after the surgery. Dry eyes must be treated to prevent the recurrence of the eye problem. Treatment may involve using artificial tears and prescription tears.
Overcorrection or undercorrection is one of the possible LASIK side effects. Sometimes the surgery may not attain the desired outcome. This is why doctors may prescribe corrective lenses to patients even after surgery. This is particularly true in cases of overcorrection. Undercorrection can be remedied by undergoing another LASIK eye surgery a few years after the first.
Visual side effects may also manifest after surgery. These include halos, glare and double vision. The patient will most likely see halos at nighttime for two weeks after the surgery. This is due to problems in peripheral cornea that were not corrected by the surgery. After two weeks the halo effect should disappear. If it persists, consult your doctor about it.
Flap dislocation or flap loss may also occur after LASIK treatment. During the surgery, a flap of tissue is placed over cornea. After treatment, some patients will dislocate this flap or lose it. This can happen if the patient touches her eye within 24 hours after surgery. The tissue needs to remain in place for 24 hours. After 24 hours, it will come off on its own.
Infection in the eye is one of the possible LASIK side effects. The risks, however, of developing an infection in the eye is very minimal. If the patient develops an infection, the healing process may be slower than usual.
Complications that arise due to LASIK treatment fortunately rarely cause permanent visual problems. The chances of having side effects occur in only 5 percent of the patients. This is why LASIK eye surgery is considered a safe and effective way of restoring vision. The best way to be informed of possible risks is to visit your nearest LASIK surgery clinic and consult a professional.