I am scared to death about the risks of LASIK! How do I know if I should proceed? By Kristina Oneill on July 29, 2013


I am scared to death about the risks of LASIK!  How do I know if I should proceed?


LASIK and other types of laser eye surgery, such as CK and PRK , have an excellent safety history and an extremely high success rate when you are in the hands of an experienced refractive surgeon. 

These procedures are designed to treat nearsighted, farsightedness and astigmatism.  The complications that people worry about such as complete or partial loss of vision from LASIK surgery are extremely rare.  Many side effects and laser eye surgery complications can easily be resolved with additional surgery or medical treatment.  Eye infections after LASIK surgery typically are temporary, and can be treated with antibiotic eye drops or anti-inflammatory medication such as steroids.  Dry eyes caused by LASIK typically is a temporary condition and can be alleviated using topical and oral treatments.

Choose the best surgeon available in order to allow you to lead a life without glasses or contacts.  LASIK and PRK eye surgery has been performed on millions of people in the United States over the past 15 years.  The safety and effectiveness of the LASIK and PRK procedures continues to improve, thanks to increasingly sophisticated technology and optimal patient selection.  You have to trust your surgeon and his team.  You have one set of eyes.  Only trust them to someone who you know will give you the best quality of care and be open and honest with you about any risks and or complications that can occur.  Feel free to ask if a complication does occur, how would your surgeon manage the complication.  


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