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Bad Lasik Eye Surgery: Reduce Your Risk By Being Prepared

Aug 17, 2007
If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, simply being optimistic about the results does not make the possible complications disappear. However, there are very real complications, and to be an informed consumer, you must be an informed patient.

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This kind of laser eye surgery has helped hundreds of thousands of people, but what the doctors gloss over are the percentage of patients who experience complications. Patients may lose ability to see in low-contrast situations (such as at night or in the fog), may be over- or under-treated, may develop dry eye syndrome, the results may diminish over time, and a small percentage of patients lose partial or full vision. Because this is a new technology (the first laser eye surgery procedure was approved in 1998), the long term effectiveness of LASIK is not known, and many doctors do not have adequate training in the machinery.

Before making the decision to go through with eye surgery, you should research and understand the problems that can occur and the procedure. There are many ways to do this, including going on-line or calling your doctor. Records of bad LASIK eye surgery and studies of surgical vision correction are easily available and may help you to make the decision.

Consulting a doctor may also be useful, but also be aware that some doctors are interested only in the money they receive. If you want more reliable, more unbiased, sources speak with relatives and friends that have undergone this kind of eye surgery. People you know will be happy to share with you both the problems and the successes.

What Can Go Wrong?

The consequences of a bad LASIK eye surgery can be very serious, devastating, and difficult to live with. One of the most serious consequences is the complete loss of eye sight. One wrong move made by the doctor and or faulty equipment can leave you with worse vision than when you arrived at the doctor's office. Also, infection or other post-operative complications can lead to loss of eye sight.

Change in shape of the cornea is another serious complication that can occur which has implications on receiving and wearing contact lenses. If after the surgery the cornea is oddly shaped, you may have problems finding contacts that will fit. If this happens, special contacts, which will much more expensive than the average lens, would be required. A bad LASIK eye surgery can also result in constant burning and irritation, which may be treated with eye drops. However, if your doctor does not thoroughly explain the risks involved, find a new doctor!

Even if this type of eye surgery is widely used, and--if successful--can be beneficial, there is no guarantee you will not have a bad LASIK eye surgery experience, and the effects can be devastating and life-long.
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If you want to escape the hype around laser eye surgery and find all the lasik eye surgery information you need to make a decision about your lasik eye surgery including details on likely costs, benefits and potential complications visit the Lasik Eye Surgery Information Portal: www.best-buy-laser-eye-surgery.com
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