Although the outpatient procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes to perform and requires no stitches, it is by no means complication free. The risks and complications involved differ for each person. While some reported minimal discomfort and quick recovery, others may experience any of the following:
Debilitating Visual Symptoms
Following surgery, some people may develop light sensitivity, glare, halos, double vision and trouble seeing at night.
Overcorrected or Undercorrected
In cases where you’re overcorrected or undercorrected, you may need enhancement or retreatment procedure. However, if you’ve very thin or steep corneas, you may not be eligible for enhancements. In such cases, you may need to wear glasses or contact lenses to overcome the errors.
This is a very common side-effect. Eyes may not be able to produce enough tears to lubricate the eyes and keep them comfortable. Although this condition is often pronounced following surgery and will go away with the use of eye lubricant; for some people, this may be a permanent situation. They may need intensive drop therapy or surgical plugs to keep moisture in the eyes.
Loss Of vision
In extreme cases, patients may lose lines of vision due to corneal infection or inflammation.
Again, not everyone will experience the same risks or the same degree of risks but knowing that they exist will help you make an informed decision.Talk to your eye doctor about your concerns and read literature on Lasik procedures to help you reach a decision.