Risks and Complications of LASIK


LASIK, like all other surgical procedures, has certain risks and complications.

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DR. STANLEY TEPLICK: You were given a form that listed all the risks and complications of LASIK eye surgery. This informed consent form was not meant to scare you, but to remind you that LASIK is a medical operation and complications can occur. Fortunately, most of these complications are relatively rare. The biggest downside of LASIK is that it's not 100 percent accurate. That means that in spite of our efforts, you still may feel like you need to wear glasses more than you thought you were going to. Visual symptoms such as glare, halos, starbursts around lights at night or poor nighttime vision occur in roughly 1 percent of our patients. However, with modern technology, they are most often temporary. About one in a thousand, however, have a more than temporary problem. Infection, chronic inflammation, irregular healing may be a surgical complication, any of which could lead to a less than satisfactory outcome and we may not have a very good solution for all of the problems that occur. Although no one has gone blind from LASIK in the United States, it is possible that you can be unhappy and we can't make you happy. At the consultation, we will review all of your personalized data and let you know if you are at any higher risk for any of these complications. Take all the time you need to review this form and have all of your questions answered. Many risks can be minimized by proper patient selection, advanced technology and experience. But risks cannot be eliminated.