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Risks of LASIK

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses.

You are not obligated in any way to have LASIK. You should also know there are other potential vision correction alternatives to LASIK, including glasses, contact lenses, and various eye surgeries, such as PRK and intraocular lens implants.

Like all elective surgery, LASIK is not risk-free. Potential risks include, but are not limited to, dry eyes (which can be severe), visual disturbances (such as halos, glare, and double vision), and even vision loss.

If you have an autoimmune disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis), immunodeficiency (e.g., HIV), or poorly controlled diabetes, you may be at a higher risk for complications from LASIK treatment.  You should not have LASIK if you are pregnant.

You should thus ensure you have a clear understanding of the potential risks involved before you elect LASIK treatment. Toward that end, we suggest you visit the FDA’s LASIK page, and also read the Alcon excimer laser’s patient labeling for your prescription type: myopia, hyperopia, or mixed astigmatism.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call us at 800.454.2747.