Are there risks?
To help explain the risks associated with LASIK, we've excerpted the following from the American Academy of Ophthalmology's library:
"If considering LASIK, it is important to understand that LASIK is surgery and that results cannot be guaranteed. LASIK risk rates, types and degrees vary widely from person to person. The most common side effects of LASIK are:
- Dry eye
- Changing and blurry vision
- Light sensitivity and glare
- Under-correction or over-correction
- Night-time halos and star-bursts
- Temporary discomfort
For most people these side effects resolve or decrease with time."
Did you know ...
Laser vision correction has helped more than 8 million people around the world. Blade-free LASIK (IntraLase) greatly reduces the severe complications seen with the microkeratome, improving safety and precision while providing predictably better visual results for the patient.
Learn more about LASIK
Laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) can only be performed by a trained physician and is specified for reduction or elimination of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism as indicated within the product labeling. Laser refractive surgery may be contraindicated for patients: a) with collagen vascular, autoimmune, or immunodeficiency diseases; b) who are pregnant or nursing women; c) with signs of keratoconus or abnormal corneal topography; d) who are taking one or both of the following medications: Isotretinoin (Accutane) and Amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone). Potential side effects to laser refractive surgery may include glare, dry eye, as well as other visual anomalies. LASIK requires the use of a laser or microkeratome that cuts a flap on the surface of the cornea, potential side effects may include flap related complications. Consult with your eye care professional and Patient Information Booklet regarding the potential risks and benefits for laser refractive surgery, results may vary for each individual patient.