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There Are Side Effects To Laser Eye Surgery?

Aug 17, 2007
Laser eye surgery has been a wonderful boon to many people suffering from poor vision. The news always seems to be good but is there any risk with this procedure? What are the side effects of laser eye surgery?

What Are The Risks?

Let's face it, anyone who thinks that going into an operating theater is 100% totally risk free is kidding themselves. Yes, there have been isolated instances of serious injury. There is always risk associated with any kind of surgery but in this type of procedure it has proven to be minimal. In fact, the benefits of having the procedure performed compared to the risks is one reason many vision sufferers decide to go under the laser. Lets examine some of the side effects:

- Corneal infection or delayed healing has been reported in several cases of Photorefractive Keratectomy surgery but the the percentages are about 0.1-0.2% of all patients who have this procedure performed. It is even less with Lasik. Healing time in these instances is a lot slower but the good news is there are usually no long term effects.

- One of the most common side effects of laser eye surgery is what is termed as under and over correction. Simply put, it is sometimes difficult for a surgeon to predict how a patient will respond or react to treatment. In many cases, patients may be required to wear corrective lenses following the procedure. In the case of best corrected vision surgery, some patients may experience a decrease in contact lens associated best corrected vision which is usually attributed to the removal of irregular tissue.

- Following Photorefractive Keratectomy, the recovery process usually involves a corneal haze being present but this is not something the patient will notice. However, there have been instances where this haze has been overemphasized and resulted in a few problems normally restricting a patient in areas such as driving. Also, the incidence of regression should never be discounted. This means an eye can regress to it's former state following surgery, usually after several months.

- While the above side effects occur less during Lasik surgery the incidence of flap damage is an area of Lasik regarded as a side effect. Loss of flap tissue is the result in extreme cases however, this is rare and flap tissue can usually be replaced following treatment. Another side effect in this procedure is what is known as a distorted flap which can occur during the time of healing.

Under no circumstances is this article intended to sway you from going ahead with this procedure but merely to point out that there is always risk involved with any type of surgery. In other words, these risks should be discussed with your surgeon. You can then way up the benefits as opposed to the side effect of laser eye surgery and make an informed decision.
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Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Get the facts and know the risks with laser eye surgery plus eye surgery news and reviews at:http://www.eyesurgeryplace.com
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