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LASIK Complications – 5 Reasons Not to Have LASIK Surgery

LASIK has gained confidence of people in the past few years. The reason is now it uses advanced and sophisticated technology which reduces the potential LASIK complications. However, there are many surgeons who only propose benefits2 of this corrective eye vision procedure to their patients and avoid disclosing the potential surgery risks3 of this treatment.

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FLAP Dislocation-A LASIK Complication

LASIK complications range from mild inflammation to serious infections. A patient may feel dry eyes, epithelial looseness, wrinkled or shifted flaps, detachment of the retina or thinning of the cornea after undergoing LASIK.

Although the treatment is safe and reliable, however, the complications are a possibility. Read on to learn more about the most common LASIK complications.

FLAP Dislocation-A LASIK Complication

5 Most Common LASIK Complications

Dry Eyes

A dry eye is one of the most common LASIK complications in which the corneal nerves, responsible for tear production, are cut off. Medical researches have shown that, once served, these nerves never return to their original patterns.

Symptoms of dry eye include pain, scratchiness, burning, soreness and the sticking of eyelid to the eye ball. According to FDA, 20% patients suffer from significantly worse dry eyes after six months of LASIK.

Loss of Visual Quality

LASIK patients experience increased visual distortion and find it difficult to see in dim light. It is because their contrast sensitivity gets affected by the treatment. Moreover, the people with large pupils may suffer from incapacitating visual symptoms at night.

Incapability of Cornea to Heal

Studies have shown that flap never heals after LASIK. It is because the tensile strength is reduced to 2.4% as compared to a normal cornea in LASIK patients. However, the LASIK flap can be removed through a surgery to avoid any further complications.

LASIK Is Not an Effective Alternative for Glasses

Studies have proved that LASIK is not effective in eliminating glasses after the age of 40. Also, the visual outcomes of this treatment decline over time. Sooner or later, the LASIK patient will have to wear glasses for an improved vision.

Long Term LASIK Complications

  • LASIK increases the risk of vision loss from undiagnosed glaucoma by affecting the accuracy of intraocular pressure measurements.
  • The LASIK patients may also develop cataracts like general population. However, cataract surgery remains ineffective for these patients and in many cases there are chances of repeated surgeries.
  • The density of corneal keratocyte also decreases after LASIK. These are the cells essential for the function of the cornea. This reduction in sever conditions may lead to Ectasia- a delayed post LASIK condition.

Studies have shown that almost 5% of people faced LASIK complications in 1990’s. However, the advanced equipment, procedures and precautions in selecting surgical candidates have decreased this rate to 1% in the past few years. For example, you cannot be treated for LASIK if you are diabetic because the healing tendency of diabetic patients is less.

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