Side Effects Relacted To Lasik
LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) eye surgery is a common type of eye procedure in Singapore which serves to correct a number of eye defects. It is preferred to wearing eyeglasses as well as corrective lenses. The refractive surgery is usually performed to change the cornea shape and focus light directly to the retina of the eye. The surgery benefits patients who are long-sighted or shortsighted. Patients suffering from astigmatism can also benefit from LASIK surgery. The main aim of the procedure is to sharpen and clarify vision.
LASIK surgery is common and popular because of several reasons. One of the advantages that come with the procedure is that patients experience clearer vision especially those who had blurred vision before. However, the surgery is not for everyone. Here are some of the known risks and LASIK side effects that may come with the procedure:
Like most laser procedures, LASIK eye surgery results cannot be reversed once the procedure is completed. If, for example, the specialist removes little tissue than is required from the eye, this may lead to under correction of the eye defect you have. If, on the other hand, too much tissue is removed, this may lead to overcorrection. Clear vision will not be achieved in both cases. It is important to also note that if the tissue is unevenly removed from the eye, one might end up developing astigmatism.
One other example of LASIK side effects is that some patients find it difficult seeing at night. During the day, one may also have disturbed vision, for example, one may notice a glare or experience double vision. It is also common for one to see halos forming around objects they look at. Patients who undergo LASIK surgery may also experience dryness of the eye. This is temporary and as the eyes heal they may feel less wet than normal. Another problem that one may experience after the surgery is swelling. This is mainly as a result of the flap being folded back or completely removed during the procedure. Flap problems may also lead to excess production of tears as well as other eye infections.
There are several factors which increase the risk of one developing complications after the surgery. Patients who have autoimmune diseases are poor candidates for the procedure. This is because healing from the surgery is impaired and they may develop infections as a result. People who ordinarily have dry eyes should also avoid the procedure as it may worsen their condition further.
One’s anatomy may also lead to the development of eye complications after undergoing surgery. Such anatomic concerns include thin corneas, irregularity on the surface of the corneas or where the patient suffers from keratoconus.
People who have vision fluctuations, for example, breastfeeding mothers, should also steer away from LASIK surgery. Before opting for the eye surgery, one should see an eye specialist for a comprehensive eye assessment. Our eye specialist will advise on the suitability for the procedure and risks that may arise from it.