Lasik surgery is a life-changing surgery, but it is not without its risks. Lasik side effects are devastating.
Just what are the disadvantages of Lasik surgery?
Each patient has their own healing process so each person will have different results. Lasik surgery could actually make some parts of your vision even worse, like night vision, glare, and halos. If you have dry eyes, that could worsen for you. In some uncommon circumstances, Lasik can cause irreversible vision damage, and it cannot be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
There are also a lot of risks to Lasik. Lasik is a very effective surgery overall and most patients are joyed with their vision after the procedure, but there are some risks with the procedure, just like there are with any type of surgery. When evaluating Lasik surgery, one of the primary disadvantages is that it carries such a large risk set profile. Potential risks and complications should be weighed against benefits.
Here are some potential risks. These should be judiciously placed in the disadvantage list when you’re coming up with reasons not to get the surgery. Place them alongside the advantage list for a fair evaluation though.
First, you could get over-corrected or under-corrected. A lot of patients are very happy with their vision after the surgery, but there is a group of patients that may need a second surgery, and this surgery is labeled an enhancement. Like it sounds, it improves upon the first surgery. It is used to sharpen the vision that the first surgery didn’t adequately do. This surgery cannot be done until a number of months have elapsed since your first surgery because your eyes have to heal after the first surgery and your eyeglasses prescription has to stabilize. Some cases that might disqualify an enhancement include if your corneas are too thin or they are abnormally-shaped after surgery. Both of these instances can prohibit a second surgery. So the first disadvantage is that it’s not rosy the first time around, at least in all cases, and it’s not guaranteed, so you have to watch out, pun intended.
Second, you might still need eyeglasses or contact lenses when your surgery is over with. This is extremely uncommon for a normal person, but it is something you should discuss with your doctor. Furthermore, if both eyes are fixed for excellent distance vision, you will still require eyeglasses for up-close work because presbyopia will develop as part of the normal aging process. Unfortunately, this is not a situation you can avoid. It happens to most all people.
Lasik surgery is a permanent procedure. There are risks to any permanent procedure. It might not go perfectly. A Lasik surgery clinic is a good place to get information from on potential side effects.