Our team at Teplick Custom Vision believes in educating you about every aspect of the procedures you are considering so that you may make the most informed decision about how to proceed with treatment. Dr. Stanley Teplick and our staff would like to share the LASIK risks and side effects with you because we believe in presenting the whole picture at our Portland LASIK vision correction practice. We specialize in blade-free LASIK surgery, also known as Intralasik or all-laser LASIK, which is generally even safer than the already-safe traditional LASIK procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Teplick will give you comprehensive information about the procedure, including the risks and side effects. Although the potential risks and side effects of blade-free eye surgery are quite rare, it’s beneficial to be aware of them.
Risks of LASIK Eye Surgery
Just like any other surgical procedure, there are potential risks that may arise with LASIK eye surgery. However, complications from laser eye surgery rarely occur, especially with an experienced, skilled, and well-equipped team.
Loss of Best-corrected Vision
The loss of your best-corrected vision is one of the rare risks of laser eye surgery. Vision loss may be caused by infection, scarring, or irregular healing of the cornea. In the rare cases that this complication occurs, it may be controlled by antibiotics, steroids, or other treatments.
Complications with Corneal Flaps
In the process of performing LASIK surgery, a flap is made in the uppermost layer of your cornea in order to reshape the underlying corneal tissue and correct your vision. After the procedure, the flap will not form a perfect seal for several weeks. This means that any trauma to your cornea could damage the flap, in which case the flap would have to be sutured closed, increasing the risk of infection. Wearing protective eye wear during the healing process is essential to preventing this complication.
Corneal ectasia, a gradual weakening and steepening of the cornea, may occur after laser vision correction, but the chances are rather low. In these unique cases, the only way to correct corneal ectasia is through corneal transplantation. In most scenarios, a patient’s tendency to develop corneal ectasia can be determined by Dr. Teplick during the consultation for LASIK surgery.
Possible Side Effects of LASIK Eye Surgery
In addition to the risk factors for certain complications that come along with LASIK eye surgery, there are also side effects that may occur. The side effects for laser vision correction do not happen often, but knowing the LASIK risks and side effects will help with your complete understanding of laser eye surgery at our Portland laser treatment center. We take every precautionary step to further reduce the low chances that these side effects will occur.
Vision Side Effects
A rather small percentage of patients will develop visual side effects after LASIK eye surgery, and it is caused mostly by improper healing. These side effects may include halos, glares, double vision, and increased sensitivity to light. In some cases, the side effects will disappear by themselves.
Varying Degrees of Vision Correction
A small amount of patients that undergo LASIK eye surgery will experience varying degrees of vision correction. Patients may experience overcorrection or undercorrection. In some cases, a positive result from the surgery will diminish over time. If this is the case, a second enhancement procedure may be performed.
In some cases, patients will experience dry eye after LASIK surgery. A patient may experience noticeable dryness or fluctuating vision from the dryness. If this is the case, there are additional treatments that we can provide for you.
Lowering the Potential of LASIK Risks and Side Effects
Most of the complications of LASIK eye surgery are avoided by proper execution of the procedure, a careful preoperative screening, and the patient's willingness to follow the detailed post-operative instructions provided by his or her surgeon during the healing process. During your consultation, we will make sure that you’re a suitable candidate for LASIK surgery through evaluations that include a Pentacam® exam, slit lamp examination, and a dilated evaluation of the retina.
For further information on the risks and side effects of LASIK surgery, please contact our Portland vision correction center at your convenience.