What Are The Side Effects Of Laser Eye Surgery?


Side Effects of Laser Eye Surgery

Over the years, the success rate and patient’s safety record after laser eye surgery has been excellent. Reports of side effects like sight-threatening complications have been rare, and when they do occur, they usually get resolved with medical treatment or advanced surgical treatment.

Just like every other surgery, laser eye surgery London has its potential risks, unforeseen side effects, and limitations that cannot be eliminated before or after the surgery. These complications and risks can be minimised to a great extent if an experienced and skilled surgeon carries out the surgery. With an experienced eye surgeon, you are likely to achieve an outstanding result after your laser-eye surgery.

The risks and complications of laser eye surgery vary amongst the most common procedures (LASIK, PRK, LASEK). These procedures are all used to correct different defects, including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

Risk Factors And Eligibility For Laser Eye Surgery

Not everyone is eligible for laser eye surgery. There are several conditions and anatomical factors that can increase the likelihood of risks and limit the outcome of the surgery. The following conditions or anatomical factors can make you unsuitable for laser eye surgery.

  • Age limitation (must be 18 years or above)
  • Dry eyes
  • Heightened unstable vision
  • Physiological factors like pregnancy
  • Overly thin or irregularly shaped corneas
  • Existing degenerative disorders

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Possible Side Effects And Complications After Laser Eye Surgery


Since the inception of laser eye surgeries to correct vision problems in the UK over 20 years ago, the procedure has always been carried out by only experienced laser surgeons across the UK. This has significantly reduced the complications of this surgery.

However, there are some side effects and complications that could arise after laser eye surgery. They include:

  • Temporary visual disturbances and discomfort

This usually occurs during the first few days after the surgery. It manifests as mild irritation and light sensitivity in the eye. Some patients have also experienced halos and glare, especially when driving at night, hazy and reduced acuity of vision and episodes of dry eyes. These complications are usually not permanent, and they disappear within 3 – 6 months.

  • Flap complications

Using a LASIK procedure for a laser eye surgery involves cutting a flap on the surface of the cornea. This flap is lifted during the surgery to allow the reshaping of the cornea, and it is later replaced with a natural bandage. LASIK procedures increase the probability of flap-related complications after surgery.

  • Dry eyes

This side effect is often reported by patients who undergo LASIK laser surgery. It results from decreased tear production leading to eye irritation and blurring vision. About 50% of the patients who undergo laser eye surgery experience varying degrees of dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a temporary problem and can be corrected by applying eye drops to lubricate the eyes. As healing progresses, dry eyes tend to disappear.

  • Remarkable under-correction, overcorrection or regression
Laser Eye Surgery

In many cases, the side effects of laser eye surgery occur in the way objects are seen in the long term. Not all patients get 20:20 vision after the surgery, and it may be necessary to use either glasses or contacts in some cases.

Sometimes, too little or too much of the corneal tissues are removed, or the healing of your eyes are disturbed, affecting the quality of your result. These less-than-perfect surgery outcomes are often due to your eyes failing to respond correctly to laser eye surgery as they should.

Your eyes can function normally a few weeks after the surgery, but your vision may regress as your eyes heal over time.

  • Eye infection

This complication happens rarely, but laser eye surgeons admit that there is a high probability of infections occurring in eye surgeries like PRK that uses surface ablations. Using a natural bandage after the surgery creates a sterile environment for proper healing of the eyes after a laser eye surgery.

Laser eye surgery London pricesare affordable, and you can avoid unnecessary laser eye surgery complications by getting your surgery done at Optimal Vision.

Contact us today on 020 71833725 or info@optimalvision.co.uk.  

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