Risks of Laser Vision Correction

Laser vision correction is a type of eye surgery that’s intended to reduce your dependency on glasses and contact lenses. The most popular forms of laser vision correction are LASIK, PRK, and SMILE.

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

Like all elective surgery, laser vision correction is not risk-free. Potential risks include, but are not limited to: dry eyes, 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 higher risk for complications from laser vision correction treatment.

You should thus ensure you have a clear understanding of the potential risks before you elect laser vision correction treatment, including discussing any concerns with Dr. Hyver.

To learn more about the benefits and risks of laser vision correction for nearsighted patients with astigmatism, you may want to review the FDA’s approved labeling for Alcon wavefront-optimized LASIK, for Alcon wavefront-optimized PRK, for Alcon topography-guided LASIK, and for Zeiss Visumax SMILE.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please let us know.