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Understanding the Risks of Laser Eye Surgery – and How You Could Avoid Them

LASIK or Laser Assisted in situ Keratomileusis is possibly the most common surgical procedure when it comes to vision correction. As of 2011, more than 11 million people in the United States alone have undergone this. While it is very effective and considerably safer than the more traditional methods, Laser vision correction Sydney through LASIK has its share of risks and complications.sydney_vision2

This article should not make you object to LASIK, of course. However, it is very important that you know what these risks and complications are so that you can deal with it appropriately. Here are some of those:

Discomfort and/or slight pain

This is possibly the most common complaint of patients who just underwent Laser eye surgery Sydney. But, don’t worry so much about it because it is a normal occurrence for the next few days.  However, if the pain persists, you will need to go back to your doctor and have him check this up.

Vision disturbance

Besides discomfort, patients will also have temporary vision disturbances including seeing halos, glares and haziness. These, too, will disappear in a week although some can experience this for six months. Expect dryness in the eyes too but this can be easily remedied with over the counter eye drops for dry eyes.

Flap complications

Most Laser vision correction Sydney involves slicing the corneal flap before reshaping the eye. If the incision is not done properly, it will not adhere to the surface of the eye causing distorted vision. If you experience this, go back to your ophthalmologist immediately and have him look at your eye once more.

Eye infections

While LASER is considered to have less complications and risks, it still is an invasive procedure so infections are something that ophthalmologists look out for a few days after the procedure.

Antibiotic eye drops are prescribed when this happens. Sometimes, anti-inflammatory medications are also given to ease the swelling that may arise when there are infections.

Under-correction, over-correction and-or regression

Not all patients get the 20/20 vision they were hoping for after Lasik Eye Surgery Sydney but vision should have been corrected after the procedure. Those mentioned above do happen that sometimes, glasses or contact lenses are still prescribed. But, if significant under-correction and over-correction occurs, something went wrong with the procedure.

Regression, on the other hand, should not happen especially after the healing time has passed. If this does occur, the patient will undergo Laser vision correction Sydney once more.

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