July 27, 2018 — Dry eyes, glare, halos, and starbursts are all possible side effects of LASIK surgery.
But some people may also get long-term complications like eye infections, vision loss, chronic pain, and detached retinas.
Is laser eye surgery safe long term?
The Long-Term Effects of LASIK: Good and Bad. LASIK is considered an elective and cosmetic surgery, meaning that it is not usually deemed medically necessary. The American Refractive Surgery Council reports that 99 percent of individuals who undergo LASIK achieve 20/40 vision, and over 90 percent achieve at least 20/20
How often does Lasik go wrong?
But LASIK complication rate statistics are extremely low. Less than one percent of LASIK patients experience these surgical complications. That’s one percent, as opposed to 30 percent that report transient side effects. In other words, the LASIK complication are very rare events.
What are the disadvantages of laser eye surgery?
Risks of LASIK include:
- Dry eyes. LASIK surgery causes a temporary decrease in tear production.
- Glare, halos and double vision. After surgery you may have difficulty seeing at night.
- Flap problems.
- Vision loss or changes.
Can your eyes get worse after Lasik?
In most cases the improved vision LASIK surgery provides is permanent. But in a limited number of cases — usually due to changes that can occur in the lens inside the eye, with or without LASIK surgery — some nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism can return over time, causing blurry vision.