What are the chances of complications with laser eye surgery?

The chances of experiencing complications after your laser eye surgery are rare, however there are precautions you can take to ensure the risk of complications is kept to a minimum.

Depending on which laser eye surgery treatment you undergo, there are specific risks that you should be aware of. For instance, there is a risk of flap complications and dry eyes with LASIK laser eye treatment. Whereas there are no risks of flap complications during LASEK laser eye treatment, since there is no need for a flap to be created. ReLEx SMILE is the most advanced laser eye treatment available in the world. LASIK is also bladeless but SMILE uses less time on the laser and can treat deeper prescriptions.

At Optegra, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible treatments, which includes taking certain steps to reduce the chances of complications. For instance, all our laser eye surgeons are world-class, in fact they have the best expertise in their fields. All our eye hospitals and clinics are equipped with the latest laser eye technology, facilities, recovery suites and equipment to ensure smooth and accurate results from your laser eye treatment.

We pride ourselves on being the UK’s most trusted eye care provider, which is why we dedicate highly valued time to your consultation and high quality aftercare. At Optegra, we thoroughly understand how each of our patients has individuals needs for their eye health. Our ophthalmic surgeons will pull together a personalised treatment plan for your surgery, as well as a comprehensive aftercare plan that is easy for you to follow. This aftercare plan will include multiple follow-up appointments to check up on your recovery.

Possible side effects of laser eye surgery

As with any surgical procedure there’s a risk of developing certain side effects. As every patient is different, you may experience some of the side effects, or you may experience none at all. However, it is important to understand what the possible side effects are following your surgery.

There are four main potential side effects of laser eye surgery:

  1. Temporary discomfort is expected during the first few days after your treatment, especially if you had LASEK laser eye treatment. If you feel you may be suffering with this side effect, try wearing sunglasses when outdoors to reduce the exposure to your eyes.
  1. Dry eyes is also another side effect that some patients experience after laser eye surgery. However, if you are experiencing this discomfort you will be given eye drops during your first follow-up appointment. Once your eyes have begun to heal, this side effect should not return.
  1. Some patients have experiences of halo effect around bright lights once they have had a laser eye treatment. This will reduce after one month and this side effect should not be an issue after three months. If you are still experiencing a halo effect after the first 3 months, make sure you get in touch with your laser eye surgeon.
  1. Lastly, it is not uncommon for patients to experience hazy vision during the recovery stages.

If you experience any of these side effects, do not hesitate to contact your ophthalmic surgeon, or raise this issue during your next follow-up appointment.

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