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Be Aware of These Complications Following LASIK Surgery

The LASIK surgery (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), is used to correct vision issues such as astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness.

The cornea, the clear front surface of your eye, is reshaped using a laser in order to improve your vision.

The LASIK procedure has a high rate of success and is considered to be safe . However, it is important that individuals understand the risks and benefits involved before making a decision.

What is the LASIK procedure?

During LASIK, a mild sedative is administered to the patient, and numbing eye drops are applied. The lid speculum device is used to keep the eyelids opened, and the suction ring helps to keep the eye in place.

The cornea is first created with a laser, and then a flap is raised to access the tissue beneath. The cornea is reshaped with the laser, and then the flap is replaced.

The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes for each eye.

Is it safe?

Although LASIK is considered to be safe in the majority of cases, there are some risks you should know about.

The FDA recently published a draft which outlines guidelines and checklists that patients and providers can use in order to evaluate the risks and benefits associated with the procedure.

You should tell your eye doctor if any of these conditions exist, as they can increase the risk that LASIK surgery will cause harm. If you are suffering from:

* Severe dry eye

* Cornea is not thick enough

* Keratoconus

* Active Eye Infection or Active Inflammation

* Herpes eye infection recent or a problem caused by a previous infection

* Active autoimmune or connective tissue disease

* Uncontrolled glaucoma

Uncontrolled diabetes

There are also a few conditions that may increase the risk of the procedure, but not necessarily prevent you from having it. If you:

* Mild or moderate dry eyes

* Past herpes eye infection

* Controlled glaucoma

* Controlled autoimmune disease or connective tissues disease

* Taking isotretinoin (acne treatment)

* Controlled Diabetes

* Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy

Weakening Immune System

* The history of strabismus (crossed eye)

* Reduced vision in one of the eyes

Tell your eye doctor about any of these conditions. Consider that certain physical activities such as contact sport or high impact movements may have an effect on LASIK recovery and outcomes.

The LASIK procedure can improve your vision. However, it’s not for everyone .

A thorough discussion with your doctor can help you decide if LASIK surgery is right for you.

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