Lasik eye surgery is great for those struggling with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even those with astigmatism. This surgery is known for allowing people to not need or have to rely on glasses anymore. However, just like any surgery there are some complications. These complications can happen to any person regardless of how bad their vision is beforehand. Any person considering this surgery should be aware of all possible complications and side effects before making the decision of going through with it.
One major risk of undergoing lasik eye surgery is significant loss of vision however that is extremely rare. Most people do experience some slight vision problems immediately after surgery however those symptoms usually disappear within a few months. Other vision problems can occur from the surgery overcorrecting or under-correcting the original vision issue. Another complication of lasik eye surgery is from the poor creation of a flap during the surgery. This flap is created during surgery to be a natural bandaid during the healing process and when it is not made correctly, it may cause microscopic wrinkles that can cause distorted vision. Complications from the poorly made flap include irregular astigmatism and even diffuse lamellar keratitis (DLK).
A common complication resulting from lasik eye surgery is dry eyes. Those who undergo the surgery and get dry eyes usually feel burning, itching, and pain. This complication usually goes away after a while with help from prescription eye drops or artificial tears. This complication is very common and also very uncomfortable. Many people with this complication report. Another common complication from lasik eye surgery is poor night vision. Many people who go through this surgery report having a much harder time seeing in darker areas. This is not a life-changing issue as it just takes some adjusting.
Those who choose to get lasik eye surgery must understand that there is no long term data on this particular surgery. The first successful lasik eye surgery was completed in 1998 so long term data is not yet available. People must be made aware that the results of the surgery might not last forever. For those that use the surgery to correct their farsightedness will most likely decrease with age.
Overall, those who are considering the surgery must take into consideration all possible complications that can occur. Complications can happen during and after the surgery due to human error and viruses. This is a serious procedure and should not be taken lightly.