Can you go blind from LASIK?

In this video, Dr. Bennett Chotiner discusses how advanced technology has made laser surgery risk-free and reduced the chance of any serious complications, including blindness.

I don’t believe that anybody really goes blind from LASIK.

LASIK was introduced in this country 25 years ago. Some of the very early lasers did not have the type of ablation patterns that we use in more modern lasers and some patients did not get the optimal results that they would want. However, more recently, modern lasers are much more sophisticated.

Additionally, instead of making the flap with a manual device, which we call a keratome, almost like a plane, to make the flap, we now use an infrared laser which perfectly makes the flap and has effectively minimized the risk of any serious complications.

Memorial Eye Institute was one of the first, and for three years, the only facility in the entire state of Pennsylvania to perform all-laser LASIK.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR, GENERAL OPHTHALMOLOGY, CATARACT & REFRACTIVE SURGERY, LASIK SURGERY

Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.

GENERAL OPHTHALMOLOGY, CATARACT & REFRACTIVE SURGERY, LASIK SURGERY

Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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