What are the risks of laser eye surgery?

If you’ve been putting off having laser eye surgery, you’re not alone. According to our recent Vision of Britain report, 69% of patients put off having vision correction because of fears about the surgery. This is despite the fact that around 50% of first-time patients are diagnosed for some kind of vision correction treatment.
Vision is precious, so it’s not surprising that people are often uneasy about anything to do with their eyes. Whilst there are some risks of laser eye surgery, it’s important to note that the chance of complications is very low. It’s also worth thinking about the risks of not having laser eye surgery. Can you really afford not to give yourself the opportunity for better vision?


Potential complications of laser eye surgery

When you choose a well-respected laser eye surgery provider such as Optegra, the chances of complications with your treatment are very low. However, it’s still a good idea to be aware of some of the problems which could take place, as well as what can be done about them. Potential complications of laser eye treatment include: 
  • Vision not as expected
Everybody responds differently to laser eye surgery, and when your eyes have healed you may find that you still experience some degree of long-sightedness, short-sightedness or astigmatism. This might mean that you still require glasses for specific tasks such as reading and driving (especially at night).
The primary aim of corrective surgery is to reduce dependency on glasses, but we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to replace them altogether. If you have any questions about what to expect, have a chat with your surgeon in your consultation, and they’ll be happy to talk things through.
If you find that you’re unhappy with the results of your surgery, speak to your surgeon when you go in for your aftercare. In some cases, a top-up treatment can be carried out - your surgeon will be able to advise further depending on your individual needs.
  • Flap complications
During a LASIK eye surgery procedure, a small flap is created in the surface of the cornea, in order to reshape the cornea and improve the patient’s vision. Similarly, with a LASEK procedure, the outer layer of the cornea is gently softened and moved to one side. After the procedure, the flap is replaced and can begin to heal.
In a small percentage of cases, there can be complications during the healing process. The chance of complications can be increased if the eye is rubbed or knocked, so it’s important to take great care after your surgery.
At Optegra, we use the latest surgical techniques and provide high quality aftercare, to keep the risk of flap complications to an absolute minimum. We also provide ReLEx SMILE eye surgery, which doesn’t involve a flap being created, so there’s no risk of flap complications.
  • Dry eyes
In the days following treatment, you may experience some discomfort caused by dry eyes. This can be combatted with eye drops, which will be provided as part of your aftercare plan. Dry eyes usually ease off after a couple of days.
  • Glare or halo effects
Some people experience a degree of glare or halo effects following their laser eye treatment. Again, this usually only lasts a few days or weeks, and recedes in the months following treatment.

How we minimise the risks

The risks of laser eye surgery are small, with fewer than 4% of patients experiencing any kind of complications. Our world-class surgeons are incredibly experienced, carrying out thousands of successful procedures, and every precaution is taken at Optegra to minimise the risk.
We only use the very latest and best technology, and by following the advice of your surgeon, both before and after surgery, you can reduce the chances of complications even further. That’s why we are Britain’s number one trusted eye care specialist according to our patient reviews on Trust Pilot.
In fact, more than 99% of our customers would recommend us to their friends and families. And with nationwide clinics and hospitals, there’s a world class Optegra eye care specialist near you.
In the unlikely event that complications do occur, our surgeons will provide the aftercare you need, identifying and carrying out any additional treatment which may be required. You’ll have a follow-up appointment the day after your surgery and then further appointments throughout the healing process, so any complications will be caught early. You’ll also see the same surgeon throughout your treatment, so you can rest assured that they’ll have an in-depth knowledge of your personal circumstances and treatment needs.
If you do feel any discomfort, pain or are worried that the healing process is not going according to plan, you can make an appointment to see your surgeon. Plus, there’s an out of hours contact line available 24/7 should you have any concerns.

Making the right decision for your eyesight

As the Vision of Britain report goes to show, many of us take the health of our eyes for granted, with more than two thirds of us putting off a treatment which could change our lives for the better.
Laser eye surgery is one of the most commonly performed voluntary surgical procedures you can have, with thousands of people benefitting from it each year. There really is no need to let fear of treatment affect the potential health of your eyes.
The sooner you have treatment, the sooner you can enjoy the benefits of better vision, so don’t delay - book a free consultation with Optegra and find out more.  


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