How risky is laser eye surgery

What is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery is an elective surgical procedure. It corrects the vision of those that are nearsighted, farsighted, or suffer from astigmatism. There are a few different types of laser eye surgery.

LASIK is arguably the most well-known laser eye surgery technique. LASIK is when the surgeon uses a laser to create a thin flap in your cornea, the very front part of your eye. Then a laser reshapes the tissue underneath the flap to correct your vision.

PRK is another type of laser eye surgery. The surgeon removes the front surface of the cornea and a laser reshapes the cornea.

There’s also a more advanced PRK surgery called TransPRK.  It’s non-invasive, safe, and gentle to the eye​.3

How risky is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery has been around for decades. It is one of the safest elective procedures. Patients that undergo LASIK, for example, have a 98% satisfaction rate.

You can avoid any laser eye surgery risk by having your laser eye surgery done by an expert surgeon. An experienced surgeon will examine you thoroughly to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. A good surgeon will also recommend the type of laser eye surgery that would be most beneficial for you.

Laser eye surgery may sound scary, but the procedure is really simple and safe. There is no pain involved, and the procedure takes only minutes for both eyes.

After laser eye surgery

After your laser eye surgery procedure, you may experience some temporary side effects. These could include dry eyes, sensitivity to light, and discomfort.

We may need you to take a few days off of work, avoid rubbing your eyes and use eye drops or antibiotics. These symptoms are usually mild and disappear within a few days. You will also be unable to drive immediately after the procedure. You will need someone to pick you up from your surgery.

Laser eye surgery cost

The cost of laser eye surgery will vary depending on what procedure you have. Financing may be available. Some health insurance companies also offer rebates for vision correction.

Ready to go glasses and contact-free?

So, how risky is laser eye surgery? It turns out it’s not a risky as you may think. This simple procedure may free you from having to wear glasses and contacts.

While it’s not right for everyone, you may be eligible for laser eye surgery. We offer free assessments for new vision correction patients.

Book your free assessment today.

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