(WXYZ) – LASIK eye surgery is often touted as a safe, easy way to end wearing eye-glasses. A new study followed over 570 participants for six months. More than 40 percent said they experienced side effects they didn’t have before roughly 3 months after the surgery. They reported seeing halos around objects, glare or double vision.
LASIK corrects certain vision problems and aims to produce clearer, sharper vision. Doctors make a small cut in the eye’s outermost layer, the cornea. A laser reshapes it, removing some of the cornea tissue. This is a permanent change.
A small percentage of participants, between 1 and 4 percent, did report some dissatisfaction with their vision 6 months after LASIK surgery. But on average the participants said overall they were more satisfied with their vision following the surgery than before.
If you are thinking of laser eye surgery, here are my prescriptions:
1. Know the risks
You must be willing to accept possible side effects that can sometimes happen.
2. You’re not a good candidate if you have persistent dry eyes or glaucoma
LASIK may make these conditions worse and can raise your eye pressure.
3. If you have certain diseases, they may affect your healing.
Conditions like autoimmune diseases, HIV and diabetes may prevent proper healing.
4. Always chose an experienced eye doctor
And make sure they have an FDA-approved laser for the procedure.
Other side effects you can have are undercorrection or overcorrection if the laser removes too much from your eye. You may have difficulty seeing at night, experience an increase in dry eyes and in rare situations, you may have vision loss that can’t be corrected with glasses or additional surgery. You should discuss these risks in detail with your eye doctor.
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