Author: Opt. Victor Droge
What’s the worst that could happen?
The level of risk of Laser Eye Surgery largely depends on two factors: Where you have the surgery, and the condition of your eyesight before having surgery.
In the hands of an expert Laser Eye Surgeon using up-to-date technology, the chance of a slight complication occurring is around 1 in 1000, with the chance of a situation arising which the surgeon could not satisfactorily correct being closer to 1 in 30,000.
But we also need to consider you and your unique eyes and vision. There is no other way to do this than with a thorough consultation with an optometrist and a Laser Eye Surgeon, which will be carried out at any good laser eye clinic.
If, during your consultation, risk factors that could increase your chances of complications are discovered, your treatment plan would be adjusted accordingly and discussed with you in detail so you can make an informed decision.
Clear vision is important to just about everyone, and contact lens wearers typically spend € 45- € 55/month to “rent” the privilege of good vision. Further, contacts do carry a significant lifetime risk of vision loss from infections or scarring. Indeed, from a published review of large data sets, it would seem that contact lens wearers incur a 1 in 1000 risk of significant loss of vision just from bacterial or parasitic infections, which does not include risks from scarring, scratches, blood vessel invasion, or fungal infection. This is more than 10 times higher the risk of significant loss of vision from LASIK by an experienced surgeon in a facility with excellent equipment and a careful screening consultation and process which ensures good candidacy. LASIK does induce dry eye and may cause some haloes for a few months and like any surgery, has risks such as infection, but it seems as if its risks are actually less than those of contact lens wear.