Side Effects of LASIK

Saving yourself the trouble to put your reading glasses on whenever you want to read is something many of us dream of. Ever thought of saving the hassle to clean your contact lenses so as to prevent any infections? With LASIK you can save the hassle. However, there are no surgeries without any complications or accidents. There are many complications that have been commonly listed out by patients themselves, such as dry eyes.

The most commonly seen complication of a LASIK surgery is dry eyes. In some cases, due to the lack of moisture, the eyeballs actually get stuck to the eyelids. So why is there even a lack of moisture in the first place? This is because the corneal nerves which produce tears to moisten and protect our eyes have a possibility to be cut in a LASIK surgery. Problems like experiencing pain and a burning sensation also arise. Sadly, it has been proven that no proper treatment is available to cure this problem, and doesn’t heal over time. There also have been complaints from patients that they cannot see properly in the dark – caused by a deterioration in night vision, where the patients often have visual disturbances such as halos and starbursts. These disturbances are not rare, although not as common as dry eyes.

Patients, who have larger pupils, as shown by researchers, tend to be affected by this condition. LASIK surgeries may also cause defects in cataract formation. When the optic nerve has suffered damage – known as Glaucoma, the chances of it getting treated properly is near to zero, which means that health and vision are at stake. Just like any other surgery, the chances of success or failure are estimated by the doctor.

Every operation has risks. LASIK surgeries are usually performed by experienced doctors, thus no major damage should be caused. Besides, your eyes do not support the running of your whole body system. In some cases, these complications appear months or even years after the LASIK surgery has been done. These complications include retinal detachment, inflammation and dislocation of the corneal flap. Cutting the corneal flap might cause it to weaken, and could appear months later or even years later.  It is impossible for the doctor who performs LASIK surgery to explain all the risks in detail, because conditions such as having dry eyes and difficulty seeing in the dark are usually identified as symptoms instead of conditions.

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