If you’re thinking about having your vision corrected and are worried about laser eye surgery risks, you’ll be reassured to hear that the risk of contracting an infection from wearing contact lenses outweighs the risks of laser eye treatment.
Of course, as with any surgery there are some risks associated with laser eye surgery, but there is only a 4% risk of developing complications – and the majority of those complications are minor complaints that can be easily rectified.
If, like over 80% of contact lens wearers, you don’t follow the instructions, or remove them while sleeping and showering, contact lenses can be a hot-bed for bacteria.
The good news is, if you’re tired of wearing contact lenses or shelling out for expensive glasses and you decide to go ahead with laser eye surgery, there are lots of things you can do to make sure you don’t suffer from complications.
How to reduce laser eye surgery risks
The first and most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of complications after laser eye surgery is to choose a reputable eye hospital to perform your treatment.
You can do this by selecting a provider with positive customer reviews.
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You may also want to check out the treatment facilities. Are they state of the art, with the latest equipment and cutting-edge technology like our Harley Street Eye Hospital in London
What about their medical expertise? Do they have highly skilled world-class surgeons
- registered with the Royal College of Ophthalmic Surgeons?
Regardless of where you choose to have your laser eye treatment, there are a number of others things you can do – in addition to choosing a leading-edge provider – to minimise laser eye surgery risks:
Don’t wear makeup around the eyes for 7 days after your laser eye surgery. Also consider throwing away old makeup to prevent bacteria getting into your eyes.
Don’t wash your hair or shower for 24 hours immediately following your laser eye treatment. And don’t risk getting soap or other cosmetics in your eyes for at least 7 days post-op.
Refrain from all forms of exercise for 48 hours. And avoid swimming pools, saunas and other water-based activities for 3-4 weeks after your treatment.
After laser eye surgery it is advisable to wear sunglasses at all times when there is bright sunshine to prevent scarring. You must do this for a minimum of 12 months.
Follow all aftercare advice provided by your surgeon – including wearing protective eye goggles/ shields while sleeping for 7 days and using medicated eye drops.
What else can you do to avoid laser eye surgery risks?
If you follow this advice, along with the advice you received from your consultant, the risk of possible complications will be greatly reduced.. But what else can you do to minimise the risks? Well, there are one or two other more general things you can do to help:
- Keep hands clean and avoid rubbing or touching your eyes for as long as possible after surgery
- Use clean towels and facecloths when washing and drying your face
- Avoid visiting areas which may be prone to dust during the first 7-14 days
- Wear eye protection when playing sports or exercising while your eyes are still healing
Free laser eye surgery consultation
We provide all customers with a free laser eye surgery consultation – where you can discuss all your concerns regarding treatment with one of our leading eye specialists. We’ll answer all of your questions during this informative consultation, and there is no obligation for you to book treatment at the end of the consultation.
We have 30 dedicated eye hospitals and clinics
around the UK, so you can meet with one or our 155 surgeons at a location that is convenient to you. Just complete the online form to request your free consultation
and we’ll do the rest.