LASIK Surgery: Have You Been Having Problems Post-Op?

by admin on 26/11/2016

There is a recent report on the possible risks of LASIK surgery after new studies were done which show post-operatively, that patients, although still a low percentage, are reporting halos, glare, stars and more issues at a higher rate than previously noted or studied.

In a clip from the Washington Post:

In 2009, as LASIK was becoming a household word, the government scientists launched a major study to investigate reports of adverse impacts from the procedure. At the time, there were a lot of anecdotes flying around but little scientific information about patient outcomes. The results, published in October 2014, showed that some patients developed problems that adversely affected their day-to-day lives, such as difficulty driving at night or in sunshine. But it was such a small number — less than 1 percent — of the patients in the study that it was difficult to draw any strong conclusions from that data.

On Wednesday, the group released a follow-up report in JAMA Ophthalmology that provides more sobering information. The study suggests that the percentage of people who undergo LASIK and wind up with new visual symptoms — such as double images, glare, halos or starbursts — may be much higher. The data was based on a questionnaire that looked at patient satisfaction with their vision and at visual and dry-eye symptoms following surgery.

First, the good news. More than 95 percent of participants said they were satisfied with the improvements to their vision. In addition, the prevalence of dry-eye symptoms also decreased after surgery. The bad news is that a “substantial” percentage of the study participants said they had other, new symptoms following the procedure.

To read the complete article from the source, click the link here – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/11/23/many-lasik-patients-may-wind-up-with-glare-halos-or-other-visual-symptoms-study-suggests/

 

With every surgical procedure, whether it be major or minor, there are definitely risks involved.  The slightest mistake can lead to eye trauma or even blindness.  Therefore, before entering into any surgical procedures, be certain to review the risks versus the benefits with your doctor and understand them all.  The majority of optical surgical procedures fair with normal to fair outcomes, but there is always a chance that anything could go wrong or a procedure won’t turn out as well as with another patient due to such things as age, health and more.  Thus, speak with your doctor about your own risks and don’t compare to the results of other individuals.

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