1. What are the risks of laser surgery?
The best way to prevent complications is to choose an eye surgeon who is experienced and well respected in the community and in their field.
As with any elective surgical procedure, there are risks associated with the laser vision correction procedure. Fortunately, the chances of having complete vision lost complication have been shown to be zero.
Millions of people have had excellent results from laser vision correction.
Some potential laser complications include conditions such as dry eyes, complications in making the corneal flap (only in Lasik cases), night glare (halos) that disappear after 3 to 4 months, under- or over-correction that can be readjusted with additional laser after 3 months, and loss of best-corrected vision.
These risks will be discussed fully with you prior to the procedure.
Proper preoperative eye examination ensures that the surgeons only proceed with the procedure when it is medically advisable. You will also receive diligent post-operative care that helps identify and address any potential healing complications.
2. Will the laser procedure hurt?
Anesthetic drops are used to numb the eye just before surgery begins, and you may also be given a mild sedative to help you relax. Most laser vision correction patients find laser surgery to be slightly uncomfortable but never painful.
One good way to learn more about how it might feel is to talk to someone who has had laser such as a friend, relative or a staff member at the doctor's office.
For most patients, the feeling of anxiety and the fear of the unknown is actually worse than the procedure itself.
3. How long does surgery last?
For an experienced surgeon the procedure takes 10 to 15 min. for each eye.
4. How soon after surgery can I travel?
It depends on the laser technique, lasik patients can travel on the following day prk patients can travel on the 5th day after surgery.