Risks of laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery risks
The complication rate of laser eye surgery is less than four per cent, and here at Optegra we do everything we can to minimise the risk of problems occurring.‚Äč

Minimising the risks of laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery is one of the most commonly performed elective procedures in the world today, but it’s important to remember that all surgical procedures carry some degree of risk.

At Optegra, we minimise these risks thanks to our world class laser eye surgeons, who carry out consultations with all patients to ensure their suitability for laser eye surgery. Each patient receives a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs, so you can be sure that you’re receiving the best possible laser eye treatment for you.

Each patient is assigned an ophthalmic surgeon who carries out every stage of the process, from the consultation to the laser eye surgery itself, and any aftercare you may require. At Optegra, we also use the very best technology available, to achieve the best results possible.

The risks of laser eye surgery can also be minimised by the patient themselves, by closely following the instructions given by your surgeon before, after, and during the laser eye treatment.

Possible risks of laser eye surgery:

  • Vision after surgery is not as expected
Every individual responds differently to laser eye surgery, and you may find that after your eyes have healed, you still have some degree of short-sightedness, long-sightedness or astigmatism. You may find that you still need glasses for certain specific tasks such as reading small print or driving. In some cases, a ‘top-up’ procedure may be possible to improve the vision further; this is something you can discuss with your surgeon during your aftercare, and they will suggest the best options for you.
  • Flap complications
At Optegra, we offer a range of innovative, bladeless laser eye treatments to help keep the chances of flap complications to a minimum. These modern laser eye treatments are far safer than traditional blade methods, and in the unlikely situation that complications do occur, the technology allows for a better resolution.
  • Dry eyes
You may experience dry eyes following the completion of laser eye surgery, which can be managed using eye drops to minimise discomfort. Once your eyes have started to heal, you should find that eye dryness returns to pre-surgery levels.
  • Glare or halo effect
You may experience some glare or halo effect after receiving laser eye surgery. These side-effects typically reduce significantly within the first month following treatment, and continue to improve over a three month period, so it’s unlikely to be a long term problem.

The risks listed above rarely occur, and are more likely to happen if you choose an inexperienced, unregistered individual to carry out the surgery. At Optegra, all of our consultants are NHS trained as well as being Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO), but it is still important to be aware of potential complications.

Your ophthalmic surgeon will discuss all risks that are specific to you during your consultation, and they will answer any queries you have. To book a free, no obligation consultation with one of our laser eye surgeons, please contact us on 0808 168 8738.

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