Do You Have Questions About LASIK Safety?
With advancements in technology and increased awareness about patient screening, LASIK is considered one of the safest and most effective treatments for vision correction today. Still, it is common for patients to have concerns about LASIK safety. We would like you to know that at our Toronto laser eye surgery center, patient safety is our top priority. Like any surgery, LASIK involves certain risks of complications and side effects, which we encourage you to understand prior to undergoing surgery. By choosing experienced doctors and a surgery center utilizing innovative methods such as blade-free LASIK, custom LASIK, and Wavefront technology, you can minimize your risk. We are happy to take all the time necessary to answer your questions and to thoroughly explain your LASIK risks as well as benefits so you can make an informed decision. To schedule a one-on-one consultation, please contact us today.
Safety Prior to LASIK
The primary aspect of LASIK safety is correctly determining LASIK candidacy. We want to help you reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses and contact lenses. However, we will never try to achieve this if it jeopardizes your safety or if the risk for complications is too high. Improvements in preoperative evaluations and testing have reduced the incidence of complications such as dry eye, halo, and glare because reputable eye surgeons no longer attempt LASIK on candidates who are less than ideal. If we determine that LASIK is not suitable for you, we offer several alternative treatments for you to enjoy clearer vision.
Safety During LASIK
Patients remain fully awake during LASIK, which eliminates the potential side effects of general anesthesia. For the surgery itself, our practice is equipped with the most advanced technology and equipment for safety and efficacy. While traditional laser surgery is performed with a microkeratome blade, we use femtosecond all-laser LASIK. This method places a smaller degree of pressure on the cornea so that complications such as corneal wrinkling are significantly reduced. The risk of infection is also reduced, since only a cool beam of laser light enters the eye instead of a blade. Many studies have also suggested that the corneal flaps created with the femtosecond laser heal faster than those created with a blade. Finally, the lasers are controlled by a computer, enabling the surgeon to perform incisions and corrections that are much more precise than traditional methods.
Safety After LASIK
Post-operative care is very important after you undergo LASIK. We will make sure that you understand exactly what you need to do to prevent potential infection and other complications. On the first day after your surgery, we will ask you to wear an eye shield for the whole day and night. The first 24 hours after surgery are crucial, and the shield will help ensure that nothing touches or gets into your eyes. You will still be able to remove the shield to administer eye drops or medications. We will give you further detailed post-operative instructions and schedule specific follow-up appointments so that we can ensure your proper healing.
We take every measure to ensure that all aspects of your laser vision correction procedure are safe while producing a high rate of satisfaction. Contact us to find out more about LASIK safety.