LASIK eye surgery is often considered the safest and most effective way to correct vision problems, especially those that affect the eyes. Yet, LASIK complications still occur. There are several reasons for this, and these can include post-surgical complications, which can be acute or chronic. As a result, it’s important to identify these complications in order to make sure that they do not interfere with your recovery or with your daily activities.
The most common complication of LASIK is dry eye syndrome, also known as xerophthalmia. This occurs when the tears that enter the eye are contaminated with debris or other particles. This can also be a symptom of glaucoma, but typically, LASIK patients who experience dry eye syndrome are those with LASIK who have a history of asthmatic attacks. If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, you may want to contact your doctor immediately.
Another complication of LASIK that can be painful and cause discomfort is corneal abrasion. While this complication is rarely serious, it can be extremely uncomfortable. Your doctor will likely recommend you wear a protective eye mask when participating in LASIK procedures. This can make the procedure much more comfortable for you, since you’ll not need to worry about irritations in your eye while the surgeon is operating. However, if you do experience an abrasion, you should not wear contact lenses or eyeglasses during the time after the procedure.
It is possible for complications of LASIK to occur even after you have the surgery performed. In fact, you may experience some complications during the first few days after the procedure. If you have a history of glaucoma or other vision problems, you may be at greater risk of these complications because your eyes are already sensitive to bright lights.
One complication that does not often occur is the occurrence of post-operative erythema, which can occur if you smoke or drink after having the surgical procedure. Erythema is redness, itching or burning that develops on the area where the laser has been used. It generally appears as a scaly, red patch that can sometimes bleed and become itchy. If you are smoking, you may experience more pain than usual because of the nicotine. Though rare, you may also develop some minor bleeding into the nose and throat.
One more complication is the occurrence of a corneal abrasion, which may be associated with using a different laser, or even a corneal flap that doesn’t close correctly after the laser is used. In either case, it is possible to develop a small crack in the cornea after the operation. This is caused by a slight misalignment of the cornea. Because of this, some LASIK patients have to wear a special lens until the crack heals.
Another complication that is fairly rare is dry eye syndrome, which can also be related to the use of a lower-powered laser. While this is more likely to occur in patients who are allergic to the laser, it is also possible for LASIK patients to develop glaucoma after the surgery. Glaucoma can lead to vision loss or vision that is distorted and sometimes, it is not reversible.
Even though the vast majority of complications of LASIK are relatively minor, it is important to remember that these issues can occur and that you should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of them in the future. They can help you find a procedure that is best for you.
Remember that the cost of LASIK may be high, so if you experience complications, you may want to think about trying laser eye surgery instead. LASIK surgery may be an alternative to your first laser eye surgery, but if it proves to be more expensive, you can always try out LASIK surgery for a short period of time before going back to laser eye surgery. In many cases, you will be able to get laser eye surgery for less money later on, which will allow you to have LASIK surgery again in the future.
If you have any questions about the complications of LASIK, you should speak with your doctor about the possibility of having it performed on someone else. If you have had any previous surgeries done to correct vision problems, you can ask about the LASIK complications that may occur. Since LASIK eye surgery is new and not well known, it is possible that your eye surgeon might not be aware of the possibility of complications. If they aren’t aware, you can ask your surgeon about insurance coverage.
It is also worth asking about the possibility of paying for medical insurance to pay for the expenses if you develop complications of LASIK. If you do decide to use a LASIK eye surgeon, it may be worth it to have your eye doctor or eye surgeon cover the costs of the LASIK surgery. If the LASIK provider pays for everything, you won’t have to worry about it.