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LASIK Risks

LASIK allows patients to experience life as they have never known it —clear and hassle-free. You may pursue life with new confidence, enthusiasm and ease thanks to LASIK. The procedure takes just a few minutes, but its results can have a tremendous impact on a patient’s quality of life.

That said, LASIK is not for everyone. There are health and lifestyle considerations to take into account when making this important decision. Every surgical procedure – even one as common as LASIK – has its risks. Although most patients are very pleased with the results of their laser vision correction surgery, every patient should weigh the chance of experiencing complications against the potential benefits of the procedure.

At TLC Laser Eye Centers, LASIK risks are fully discussed with you prior to your procedure. Extensive pre-operative testing helps ensure that only the best candidates are selected. Diligent post-operative care also allows us to identify and address potential complications as your eyes heal.

Some of the risks of LASIK include:

  • Mild, moderate or severe dry eye
     
  • Halos, glare, and starbursts
     
  • Loss of vision

We cannot promise that you will never need contacts or glasses again – beware of anyone who makes such a promise – but LASIK can drastically decrease your dependence on these visual aids. Keep the information on this page in mind when planning your LASIK procedure and weighing its risks. Additional information can be found at the FDA’s Medical Devices page.

Additionally, the following patients should not have LASIK:

  • Those with collagen vascular disease
     
  • Those with autoimmune or immunodeficiency diseases
     
  • Patients with signs of keratoconus or abnormal corneal topography
     
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing
     
  • Patients who are taking the medications isotretinoin (Accutane™) or amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone™)

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