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Monday, March 12, 2007

Lasik Laser Eye Surgery Side Effects

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What is lasik laser eye surgery?

For many of us who have imperfect eyesights, the mere prospect of having 20/20 vision can be a dream come true. All of us would have probably at some time or other wondered about the benefits of having a laser eye surgery to correct our eye sights. Since the advent of laser eye cosmetic surgery, it has been possible for this dream is now a reality for millions of people. This article raises some side effects and complications of the lasik laser eye surgery procedure.

In the original laser eye surgical procedure,the PRK, acronym for photorefractive keratectomy, involved the complete removal of the cornea's outer layer to operate underneath it and later let it to grow back on its own. However, with the advent of the lasik surgical procedure aka laser in situ keratomileusis, surgeons can now can peel back the cornea surface to operate underneath and then return the cornea to its original position.

Lasik lazer eye surgery side effects and complications

The bad news about lasik laser eye surgery is that there can be some side effects and complications just like in any other surgeries. There are people who have done lasik eye surgery have found that not only did their vision not improved, but instead are seriously damaged by the surgical procedure

Lasik cosmetic laser eye surgery permanently changes the physiology and optics of the eyes. Therefore potential patients should always be aware of the surgery’s risk-benefit ratio and whether is it worth it to risk dangers and complications to the eye. The benefits are that you can do away with glasses or contact lenses, probably permanently. However, the risk of permanent damage to your vision can be very possible.

In a ‘Review of Optometry' journal’s information report, up to one in six people who undergo laser eye surgery end up with complications. These side effects include distortion of vision, such as irregular astigmatism, which cannot be corrected by eye glasses while others experienced deterioration in the quality of their vision or very bad dry-eye complications. Some unfortunate patients have reported having double visions and even triple vision as a result of a lasik lazer eye surgery.

For patients who do not suffer any side effects arising from lasik eye lazer surgery, it is certainly an undoubted positive life changing experience. Richard Branson of the Virgin fame is a huge fan of lasik lazer eye surgery as the surgery has transformed him from being 'blind as a bat' to having 20:15 vision. Till this day, he is still singing praises about lasik laser eye surgery.

On the other hand, Margaret Dolan from Ireland is a victim of a lasik laser eye surgical procedure. After her surgery, her eyes developed a complication known as Post-Lasik Dry Eye. She needs to add artificial tears to her eyes a number of times a day and even throughout the night. Patients who suffer from this dry eye syndrome usually have the symptoms for about two to three months after their surgeries. However, for some unfortunate people, their conditions do not improve with time and they need to drop artificial tears on their eyes for the rest of their lives.

So if you are contemplating a lasik laser eye surgery, do discuss the possible side effects and complications of this surgical procedure thoroughly with your eye surgeon and get as much information as you can before your cosmetic eye surgery. More information about the side effects and complications of cosmetic lasik laser eye surgery in next posting.


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