Has Anyone Went Blind From Laser Eye Surgery?

Can You Go Blind From LASIK?

LASIK is a surgical procedure, and like any surgical or medical procedure, there are some risks involved.

While a LASIK procedure may, in very rare cases, cause a person to lose a few lines of vision on the vision chart, in all likelihood, it is not going to cause legal blindness.

What percentage of Lasik goes blind?

In fact, there has never been a case where LASIK was the primary cause of blindness. Based on the latest research, about 96 percent of patients are satisfied with LASIK. That’s an extraordinary success rate for any surgical procedure.

Can you go blind from laser eye surgery?

Not true! You can go blind from Lasik. Total blindness — meaning, no light perception — from Lasik is extremely rare, but it has happened. Legal blindness, which is defined as visual acuity of 20/200 or less with glasses, has occurred as a result of Lasik far more often than Lasik surgeons will ever admit.

Can your eyesight get worse after laser eye surgery?

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.

What are the chances of going blind after laser eye surgery?

94% to 100% of myopia patients get 20/40 vision or better. 3% to 10% of all patients need another surgery. One in five patients report having dry eye after surgery.

Is Lasik worth it over 40?

Many patients have concerns whether age will affect their candidacy for LASIK surgery. While there are additional considerations that must be taken into account regarding LASIK and patients over 40, for many of our Chicago patients, LASIK after 40 can still be a success.

What is the best age to do Lasik?

Most eye surgeons agree the ideal lasik surgery age are people between 25–40 years old are the best candidates for LASIK eye surgery. By age 25, our eyes should have stopped changing. Having a stable prescription for at least two years is a general guideline that someone is a good LASIK candidate.

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.
  • Undercorrections.
  • Overcorrections.
  • Astigmatism.
  • Flap problems.
  • Vision loss or changes.

How much does Lasik cost?

While charges for LASIK procedures vary widely by practice and region, the average cost of LASIK is between $1,500 to $3,000 per eye depending on the type of the procedure, surgeon and region of the country. Often extremely low prices of $399 or $695 are very unrealistic and considered bait and switch pricing.

Is Lasik ever covered by insurance?

The short answer is that LASIK is an elective surgery and not typically covered by insurance plans, but there are options available to help cover the cost of LASIK laser eye surgery.