What Are the Chances of Failure of LASIK Eye Treatment?

While any type of eye surgery has certain risks and potential complications, LASIK risks are rare and temporary. Before undergoing LASIK surgery, your ophthalmologist will discuss any potential LASIK complications and LASIK risks with you, so you fully understand what to expect from the procedure before it is scheduled. The best candidates for LASIK are those who are in good overall health and who don’t have any eye disease or eye conditions that would make LASIK risks and complications more likely. The risks and complications of LASIK are rare, and there is a very low chance of failure.

Common LASIK Risks

The most commonly reported LASIK risks are mild, rare, and temporary. Some patients have reported:

  • Halos or glare
  • Light sensitivity
  • Light bruising around the eyes
  • Vision fluctuations or trouble focusing
  • Dry or scratchy eyes
  • Trouble with night vision

These side effects typically resolve after 3 to 4 hours post-LASIK surgery.

A Rare Chance of LASIK Complications

LASIK complications occur in less than 1% of patients. In rare instances, patients have reported that their vision was over or under corrected. Some other LASIK complications include:

  • Astigmatism
  • Keratitis
  • Vision loss or impaired vision

LASIK surgery has the highest patient satisfaction rating of any elective procedure in the U.S., and approximately 92% of patients have achieved 20/20 or better vision.

Increase Your Chances of Successful LASIK Eye Surgery

During your LASIK consultation with on of our expert doctors, they will evaluate your eye health and perform a full vision exam to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery. You may also need to undergo a physical exam with your primary care provider. Your ophthalmologist will discuss the chances of LASIK risks and complications and make sure you understand the procedure and what your post-surgery care must be. Please ask questions and make sure you understand what is expected. You can increase your chances of having a successful LASIK eye surgery by:

  • Following all pre- and post-surgery instructions
  • Attending all follow up appointments
  • Being truthful about your health history and family health history
  • Ensuring you understand the procedure and the expected outcome
  • Choosing an ophthalmologist who is board certified in vision correction surgery or LASIK surgery

LASIK Surgery Near You!

If you’re ready to schedule a LASIK consultation or want more information about the risks and complications of LASIK procedures, call us today at Panorama LASIK. Our experienced ophthalmologists have performed thousands of LASIK surgeries and have extensive training, experience, and education in LASIK eye surgery and vision correction. We are happy to answer any questions you have about LASIK surgery and its risks and complications. To learn more, call us today or fill out our online appointment request form.

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