Potential LASIK Complications

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Westlake Village, California

LASIK eye surgery is one of the safest procedures of its kind, with an excellent profile and success rate. Major complications after LASIK are extremely rare, occurring in less than 1% of all patients. Most side effects are minor and can be easily resolved.

Today’s advanced technology has made LASIK more predictable than ever. Dr. Khanna can anticipate what complications may be an issue for you after evaluating your vision during a free LASIK screening.

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The Importance of Being a Good Candidate

The vast majority of LASIK complications can be avoided simply by making sure you are a good LASIK candidate. Dr. Khanna will perform a complete diagnostic exam to determine whether or not LASIK is right for you, examining factors such as:

  • Thickness of your cornea
  • Shape of your cornea
  • Pupil size
  • Moisture level in eyes
  • Eye disorders
  • Medical history
  • Health problems that may interfere with LASIK (e.g. autoimmune disorders, degenerative conditions)

If you are not a good candidate for LASIK, you may still be an excellent candidate for another type of refractive surgery.

Common Side Effects of LASIK

After LASIK, you may experience the following minor side effects and complications:

  • Dry eyes – Your tear production may be limited while your eyes are healing, causing dry eye syndrome. Up to half of all LASIK patients will experience some degree of dry eye syndrome temporarily after LASIK. Dr. Khanna will provide you with artificial tears to help alleviate these symptoms until they pass.
  • Undercorrection or overcorrection – In some rare cases, if your eyes do not heal in a typical manner, you may be left with less-than-perfect LASIK results. Most of the time, undercorrection/overcorrection is so minor that patients do not even notice it. However, if it is significant enough, it can be treated through LASIK revision surgery.
  • Visual disturbances – For the first few weeks after LASIK, you may notice glare, halos, and/or starbursts at night or in low light, along with reduced sharpness. These issues are temporarily and will gradually disappear over time.
  • Temporary discomfort – The first few days of your recovery period may involve increased light sensitivity and mild irritation in the eyes. Wear dark glasses as often as possible to prevent your eyes from being strained. Dr. Khanna will recommend a safe pain medication to take if your eye irritation is especially bothersome.

If you have further questions about LASIK complications, please contact The Khanna Institute today to schedule a free LASIK screening. We serve patients throughout Los Angeles County, with locations in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, California.