Are There Any Disadvantages of LASIK Laser Eye Surgery?

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Laser Eye Surgery

Although generally a very safe procedure, there are a few potential disadvantages associated with LASIK laser eye surgery. These can be caused by the surgery itself, by poor eye care after the surgery or by underlying problems which can complicate recovery.

Before we jump into the disadvantages, it’s important to define exactly what LASIK (laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is. Basically, it involves a two step process designed to correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness, or astigmatism.

First, a flap of the cornea (front of the eye) is peeled back to reveal the tissue underneath. Using a laser especially made for laser eye surgery – the surgeon will then remove some of this tissue to correct your vision problems. Results are usually immediate, and recovery is fast.

But as we’ve said, there are a few disadvantages you should be aware of. These include:

Cornea Flap Complications

Since LASIK surgery involves peeling back a flap of your cornea, there are a few risks of problems occurring. This is mainly due to the fact that the flap is extremely delicate, and any of the following can happen: (more…)