Over one million Americans each year undergo LASIK surgery. In this procedure, lasers are used to cut and reshape the cornea in an effort to improve vision. For many people, the operation is successful, at least for a period of time. Ophthalmologists who perform the procedure typically advise patients there is a 2-3% complication rate. FDA records, however, paint a very different picture. That data shows that six months after surgery, up to 28% of patients complain of eye dryness, 16% had blurry vision and 18% had difficulty driving at night due to halo or starburst effect. Many of these patients now have to use special rewetting eye drops or wear special contact lenses/glasses to try to compensate for the effects of LASIK.
Patients considering this surgery have a right to be warned about the real risks. We have had numerous patients consult us regarding problems with LASIK surgery. Malfunctioning or improper settings on the equipment can cause serious problems. So can failure of the surgeon to properly screen out patients whose eyes are not suited for the procedure. If you have had problems with LASIK surgery, please call us for a free consultation and analysis of your case.