Potential Risks & Complications with Northern California LASIK
As is true of any medical procedure, laser vision correction involves risks. It is important that you understand the risks of this procedure before deciding if it is right for you. Some of the potential risks include:
Night Glare — With present technology, most laser vision correction patients do not experience significant worsening of night vision or night glare. But, some patients may experience halos or star bursting following their procedure, especially if these are currently experienced with contact lens or glasses wear.
Dryness & Fluctuating Vision — After LASIK, your eyes often feel dry during the first month after surgery. These symptoms are usually relieved with the use of artificial tears. If you have a pre-existing dry eye condition, please discuss this with your refractive surgeon, as the symptoms may be more pronounced after the surgery. Generally, this resolves after a few months, as the cornea fully recuperates from the surgery.
Infection and Corneal Flap Risks — The risk of eye infection is the greatest immediately following the procedure. Antibiotic drops help to minimize infection. Some patients may also develop problems following the LASIK procedure as the flap heals.
Please discuss all the benefits and potential risks with your Kaiser Permanente refractive surgeon at any of our Northern California laser vision correction locations. It is essential that you are well informed and have realistic expectations before proceeding with laser vision correction.