September 21, 2019
If you have considered LASIK eye surgery, it is not uncommon to have fears about the procedure and what it entails. Things many patients worry about are what they will feel or see during the procedure, if there is a chance of losing their vision permanently, if they will have a problem with dry eye, or glare and halos around lights. Many patients are worried that they will cause the surgery to be unsuccessful by looking in the wrong place, or moving during surgery.
These are normal issues and anxieties that many patients experience and your eye surgeon is happy to discuss and address these with you.
Your surgeon will review the risks associated with LASIK surgery with you before you make any decision. It is very important to note that the majority of these risks are extremely rare. Some of the risks that will be discussed are:
Your surgeon will explain to you what to expect during the procedure. Numbing drops take away any pain, but you will still experience touch, pressure, and the feeling of water. Modern lasers have a tracking mechanism that lock on and follow any eye movement, should there be any. If the patient moves, the laser will follow, if the patient moves too far, the laser will stop.
It is only human to feel concerned and apprehensive about any surgery. Often a mild sedative is prescribed prior to the procedure to make you more comfortable and less anxious. If you have concerns, you should speak to your doctor or surgeon about them. They are the expert in that field and can be very helpful in explaining the risks of the procedure to you. Remember that serious complications are very rare and LASIK surgery is considered to be very safe and effective in improving eyesight including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms.
If you are thinking about having LASIK eye surgery, speak with your doctor to see if it is right for you.