LASIK Eye Surgery: Safe or Dangerous

The question that goes through the mind of most every person considering LASIK eye correction surgery is whether or not it is safe. For those who don’t know, LASIK or “Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis” is a type of vision correction surgery in which surgery is performed on the cornea of the eye using a laser.

Many who consider this surgery often have concerns of whether or not it is safe. Only through thoroughly understanding the procedure and the possible consequences can one make such a determination. LASIK surgery is most definitely not for everyone and knowing what makes you a good candidate can help you make that decision.

The first thing to remember is that LASIK surgery is a biological procedure and as with any biological procedure the human body may or may not accept it. This means that there is no one hundred percent surefire way to know that it will work or not. Needless to say, we as a society take these kinds of risks every day and may not even know it. For example, we drive to work every day and leave ourselves open to unsafe drivers yet we outweigh the dangers because it is important for us to get to work everyday to support ourselves.

Commonly, LASIK surgery is very successful. The amount of long term complications is less than half a percent. These odds are fairly great of a successful procedure compared to many other types of surgeries. The most common problems associated with LASIK surgery are as follows:

• Blurred Vision (temporary or long term)
• Loss of eyesight (or may be worse than before)
• Over correction or under correction
• Inability to drive at night due to night blindness

Most of the complications listed above may be treated with additional surgical procedures and are fairly uncommon for the most part. LASIK surgery on the other hand have given people eyesight with as good as 20/20 vision and given people a chance to see without the help of contacts or glasses. Who seems to make a good candidate for Lasik Eye Surgery are those who’s vision have impaired them from normal day-to-day functions. This often justifies the reason for getting such a surgery. Many surgeons usually recommend these types of patients over the ones strictly wanting a type of cosmetic surgery in which they no longer have to wear glasses. Knowing this can help you decide whether or not the risks are greater than or less than the value of a successful LASIK procedure.