What Are the Short-Term Risks of Laser Eye Surgery?

Laser eye surgery is a popular and effective way to improve vision, but it is important to understand the potential short-term risks associated with the procedure. Complications that cause vision loss are very rare, but common side effects such as dry eyes and temporary visual problems, such as glare, can occur. Dry eye after laser eye surgery is usually a temporary phenomenon, but it can become a long-term problem if patients are not properly evaluated before surgery. The risk of infection in laser eye surgery is also extremely small.

Other potential complications include eyelets, partial flaps, and irregular fragmented flaps. Increased eye sensitivity is also common in the first few months after LASIK, but usually goes away on its own. It is important to discuss any concerns with a qualified surgeon before committing to the procedure. While the effects of laser eye surgery last impressively, there is naturally a small risk of regression in some people.

A very small percentage (as little as 0.1 percent) of patients may experience an eye infection or similar complications after surgery.

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