LASIK eye surgery has a high success rate and an excellent safety profile. Serious complications are extremely rare. The vast majority of LASIK side effects can be resolved with additional medical treatment or a follow-up procedure.
The risks you should be aware of include:
• Flap complications – If the corneal flap is not made correctly, it may not adhere properly to your eye’s surface once replaced, causing microscopic wrinkles called corneal striae. However, a study of over 3,000 consecutive LASIK surgeries shows that when a femtosecond laser is used, flap complications occurred in less than ½ of 1% of all procedures, and were successfully resolved within the surgical session.
• Vision disturbances – While your eyes are healing during the first few weeks or months, you may experience glare, halos, and starbursts in low vision (e.g. at night), or reduced sharpness of vision. These are temporary issues that will disappear completely within 3 to 6 months.
• Dry eye syndrome – LASIK can decrease the tear production in your eyes, causing them to feel scratchy and dry. Dry eyes can be alleviated using topical treatments provided by Dr. Khanna.
• Undercorrection or overcorrection – In rare cases, your eyes may not respond predictably to the laser treatment, or they may “over-heal” and leave you with less-than-perfect vision. This can be fixed with a follow-up LASIK treatment once the refractive error is stable.
Choosing the right LASIK surgeon and making sure you are a good LASIK candidate are the two best ways to avoid these complications. When you come in for a free LASIK screening at the Khanna Institute, we will thoroughly test your eyes to see if you have any problems (such as thin or irregular corneas, large pupil size, autoimmune disorders, etc) that would interfere with LASIK. If you do, we can recommend an alternative refractive surgery.
If you have further questions about LASIK surgery, please contact The Khanna Institute today to schedule your free LASIK screening. We serve patients throughout the Los Angeles area, with offices in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, California.