Laser Eye Surgery Risks are Real: Try Glasses or Contacts Instead

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February 26, 2018, by Bard Optical


Many of us are familiar with laser eye surgery. We have either heard of it, or know of someone who has had it done. However, there are many laser eye surgery risks associated with this procedure that may outweigh the possible benefit of perfect vision. Sometimes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here is some information about the surgery, and why you should consider it carefully before deciding whether or not the procedure is worth it. 

Laser eye surgery involves the reshaping of the cornea of the eye in order to change the way light travels through it so that your vision may be “corrected.” Glasses and contacts are the added barrier that light will pass through in order to correct your vision, which is why removing them or looking over your glasses results in your vision becoming blurry again. If you choose to have laser eye surgery done, then while your risk of total vision loss is low, there are risks that can affect your vision in a non-positive way. While most of these are also temporary side effects, some patients report them lasting long term.

Dry eyes are a common side effect that can last several months following surgery. While this can be managed with eye drops, it still is uncomfortable for the time being. It can also reduce the quality of your vision, which is counterproductive. You may also see halos around light objects in the dark, which impacts your ability to drive at night.

Some patients also report that their vision has been either undercorrected or overcorrected. This means that either too little or too much tissue has been removed from your eye, which can involve another surgery (or more) to fix, if it can be fixed. The surgery may also fail to work if you have certain medical conditions, as these increase the chance of complications during the procedure. It is also not advised if you are severely nearsighted.

Another risk of the surgery that does not affect your health is the cost. Most insurance companies will not pay for this type of surgery because it is an elective procedure, so it is not covered by most policies. This means costs will be out of pocket, and those costs can be expensive.

Before you ask your doctor about laser eye surgery, try wearing glasses or contacts first. These are a much safer and cost effective solution to your vision issues if your vision is not very bad to begin with. It’s much more ideal to keep your prescription for this reason, along with the unnecessary risks laser eye surgery carries. Plus, with all of the frames and lens options to choose from, you will be able to enjoy having glasses rather than seeing them as a burden. Please consider the risks before deciding on any medical intervention, and consult with a doctor first to determine whether or not the procedure would work for you.  


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