Jun 3, 2013

Risks Involved in LASIK Eye Surgery

Any type of surgical procedure has a possibility for complications. It is natural that when a person’s body is opened up and tools are in use that bacteria of some can enter the patient or the body could have a reaction related to the medication.

LASIK surgery is no different, there are risks to LASIK eye surgery, but they are few and far between.

As doctors and engineers improve to perfect the equipment used in the process, and as doctors continue to screen for the right candidates to have the procedure, LASIK risks continue to drop. Research now shows that with the right pre-testing and surgical care the risk of any complications in LASIK surgery are less than 1%.

The most common risk with LASIK surgery is a complication with the flap created by the surgeon to cover the cornea. In traditional LASIK surgery the flap is created when tissue is cut by a surgical tool known as a microkeratome. Since this tool, a metal blade is used by a human being there remains a risk related to human error.

When this type of traditional LASIK is performed the risk is when the flap is then used as the natural bandage at the end of the surgery it is not the right size. Therefore, it irritates the eye and causes what is known as an irregular astigmatism. This LASIK risk is greatly reduced by a newer “bladeless” LASIK procedure, because the blade or microkeratome is replaced by a laser, that eliminates the human error.

When assessing these risks it is recommended that you ask your doctor if and how these problems can be repaired and corrected. Some complications that arise from LASIK can be made even worse by over or under correction. Ask your doctor as part of your original process how they handle this situation.


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