LASIK Risks

Serving Kingston, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and all of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA)

If you debating whether to undergo LASIK and are concerned about something going wrong, you should take comfort in knowing that LASIK vision correction complications are extremely rare. It is one of the safest surgical procedures available, and more than 90% of patients are satisfied with their results.

Choosing the right LASIK surgeon is without a doubt the most important factor in minimizing any LASIK risks. A highly skilled and experienced surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your eyes to ensure you are a suitable LASIK candidate. A skilled surgeon will also be up-to-date on the most advanced techniques, further increasing your likelihood of achieving excellent results.

At Eye Care Specialists, our ophthalmologists have more than 550 years of combined experience performing eye surgery. Our practice has been ranked among the top 2% of ophthalmology practices in the nation by John Pinto, a distinguished consultant for the ophthalmology industry. This extensive skill and experience helps us provide you with laser vision surgery that adheres to the highest safety standards.

Proper Screening Reduces Complications

As LASIK technology and techniques continue to improve, the rate of complications continues to decrease. In fact, reports indicate that LASIK complication rates are less then 1% when candidates are properly screened.  By choosing a highly skilled and experienced LASIK surgeon, you can ensure your eyes are thoroughly evaluated to determine whether LASIK is the best option for you.

It is important to mention any health conditions you have and any medications you take during your initial consultation. Our ophthalmologists will need this information in order to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK and anticipate any potential risks that may arise due to these conditions. If you have a problem with dry eyes, make sure to tell our ophthalmologists during your consultation since this condition may impact your LASIK candidacy.

Common LASIK Complications

Although rare, it is possible for the following Lasik Vision Correction Complications to occur:

  • Irregular astigmatism – In rare instances, your cornea may warp due to scarring. This occurs when the laser is not properly centered on your eye. Symptoms such as double vision or “ghost images” are commonly associated with this complication.

  • Diffuse lamellar keratitis – This complication may occur if debris gets lodged behind the corneal flap. Symptoms may include light sensitivity, blurry vision, pain, or a sensation that something is trapped in your eye.

  • Overcorrection/undercorrection – This complication may impact your results and require you to wear corrective lenses after LASIK.

  • Dry eyes – Almost 50% of LASIK patients experience dry eyes during the first six months after their procedure. However, this generally subsides as your eyes heal. Our doctors may prescribe artificial tears or dry eye medication to help alleviate any discomfort until your dry eyes go away.

Keep in mind that these complications are very rare and their risk can be reduced even more by working with a highly skilled and experienced LASIK surgeon.

Please call 888-EYE-2010 or contact Eye Care Specialists today to schedule your free LASIK vision correction consultation. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.