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Lasik Surgery: Too Much Of A Risk?

Aug 18, 2007
The FDA approved lasik surgery during the 90s. So it is definitely safe at one level. In fact studies reveal that the operation is successful almost to the tune of 95% which is quite a commendable rate of success. But one must also understand that it's a question of ones eyes and even if there are minor risks and complications, still they should be properly learnt about and understood.

In this article we will try to provide you with an objective point of view of the various complications that might be a result of a eye surgery.

Problems that might be caused due to they are double vision, glare, and halo. One's nighttime vision can also be affected, especially for certain operation procedures. Even permanent blurry vision and diminished contrast may be the effects of this surgery.

The capacity to distinguish an item from its neighboring backdrop is a problem of contrast sensitivity. The reduction in contrast sensitivity is a comparatively common occurrence after this operation, particularly in patients with high amounts of myopia.

The occurrence of a second, generally fainter, image of an object next to the original object, creating an indistinct vision is what double vision or ghosting is. This problem is generally an effect of irregular astigmatism brought on by surgery. Like several other lasik-related vision problems, double vision often goes away over a period of time.

Starbursts cause a person to see lights as blurred. Often spikes or rays of light seem to radiate out of the center of the light source. Generally it affects night time vision, but in some cases, it might be a problem for all light sources at any time of the day.

However, there have been significant advances in this eye surgery and the risks have also diminished significantly. New innovations like Iris registration and Intralase promise to take the risk factor down to as little as 1%. That would be a remarkable achievement. However, a lot of the risk factor is also dependent on the experience and expertise of the surgeon.

Surgeons who have performed more than 500 such operations can be considered to be experienced enough. Of course the more experienced the surgeon is the more price will you have to pay for him to operate on you. Also to keep it safe, surgeons often operate only one eye so that the risks are limited to one eye only.
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