Is LASIK dangerous?

Are you ready to see the world unfiltered? In this post, Dr. Bennett Chotiner discusses any safety queries and concerns you have before vision correction surgery.

LASIK is certainly not dangerous. LASIK is one of the safest and most effective elective surgeries performed around the world. A majority of LASIK surgeons have had LASIK themselves.

In fact, compared to contact lenses, LASIK is considerably less dangerous.

The US Food and Drug Administration approved the lasers used in LASIK in 1998. Since then, more than 20 million have had LASIK worldwide. At that time, the LASIK procedure used a microkeratome to create the flap in the cornea in which is the first step of the procedure. Since then, the complication rate has remained low and continues to decrease.

With that said, no surgical procedure is free of risks or potential complications.

Based on further analyses of the studies conducted as part of the LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project (LQOLCP):

  • Up to 46 percent of participants, who had no visual symptoms before surgery, reported at least one visual symptom at three months after surgery.
  • Participants who developed new visual symptoms after surgery, most often developed halos. Up to 40 percent of participants with no halos before LASIK had halos three months following surgery.
  • Up to 28 percent of participants with no symptoms of dry eyes before LASIK, reported dry eye symptoms at three months after their surgery. This is consistent with previous studies.
  • Less than 1 percent of study participants experienced “a lot of difficulty” with or inability to do usual activities without corrective lenses because of any one visual symptom (starbursts, ghosting, halos, glare) after LASIK surgery.
  • More than 95% of participants were satisfied with their vision following LASIK surgery

The use of lasers in so-called bladeless LASIK, which we do at Memorial Eye, is more advanced. Bladeless, laser-based LASIK may offer faster recovery.

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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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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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