Lasik Surgery Risks and Benefits

Lasik surgery is a corrective method applied on the eyes of patients who complain of sight impairment of some kind. Most patients swear by the success of the refractive surgery they’ve undergone, which makes anyone think there are no risks involved. However, Lasik has a lot of risks and dangers attached to it. Anyone wanting to try out this type of surgery can do so only after knowing the risks and possible complications.

Undergoing a refractive procedure is a personal choice because you will be letting someone touch your eye in exchange for a chance to see well. This means you must weigh the risks and benefits based on actual facts.

* There are some patients that suffer temporary loss of vision. The temporary loss of vision is actually a blessing because some patients never regain their normal sight. There are lines of vision that are not registered among some patients who have undergone surgery.

* There are some patients that develop visual impairment that may have been a result of the surgery. The procedure may have been written off as successful until some symptoms start cropping up after a certain period of time. Some of the more common ones are double vision or night blindness.

* If after the treatment, your eye is often dry, that may be a side effect. Surgery may have interfered with your normal tear production, which resulted in dryness. Eyes tear up normally even when the person is not emotional. This is a survival instinct to make sure that your eyes don’t get damaged when you rub them or when exposed to pollutants. Without this automatic reaction, your eyes may be in danger of irritation more often than normal.

* Under treatment is another risk. This means you’ve thrown out money for a procedure that did not work. If you still need glasses or contacts after the procedure, then it wasn’t a success. You will still need to undergo treatment on top of what’s already done to your eyes. That’s another set of risks, and even more if the prior treatment was intensive.

Of course, there is a certain percent of patients that actually achieve 20/20 vision without glasses or contacts after the surgery. These situations described above may or may not happen depending on other factors such as the skill of the physician or the upgrades on the equipment used.

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