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Possible Complications

Prior to your surgery, during your final visit to our office, Dr. Cabler will personally review the risks associated with LASIK - and answer any questions. As with any surgical procedure, side effects may occur after your LASIK procedure.

Some of these include irritation, undercorrection, overcorrection, infection and displaced flap.

Shortly after your LASIK surgery, your eyes may feel scratchy - like an eyelash or contact lenses is in your eye. Eye drops typically relieve this condition. You may also experience some tearing or watering of the eyes. And your eyesight may be a little hazy, but these irritants are temporary and will soon disappear.

Undercorrection means on the first attempt, the laser may not have corrected your vision to where it should be. If this occurs, a second procedure similar to your original LASIK surgery - called an enhancement - will be scheduled. Because of the large amount of correction that some individuals require, this enhancement is necessary to achieve the final, desired result. Dr. Cabler can advise if this is a possibility - again before you make your final decision to have LASIK. Over correction is the opposite of under correction, but like under correction can be addressed with an enhancement.

Serious complications are extremely rare. Infection - microkeratome -- is the most worrisome complication, but can usually be eliminated with antibiotic eye drops you will use after surgery. At Laser Eye Institute, the microkeratome blade is changed after each patient to ensure sterility.

Finally, if you disturb the healing of the flap, please inform the doctor immediately. Dr. Cabler can minimize this possibility by having you wear a clear plastic eye patch when you nap or go to bed at night during the first week after the procedure so you will not rub your eyes.

Based on his experiences treating LASIK patients, Dr. Cabler offers the following observations about post-surgery outcomes:

  • Approximately 95 percent of distance vision should be recovered within two weeks.
  • One eye will likely experience clear vision more quickly than the other.
  • One eye will likely feel more uncomfortable than the other in the early post-op period (first 48 hours).
  • Redness in and around the eye is possible (and treatable).

The aforementioned represent some, but not all, of the adverse outcomes that may occur during or after LASIK surgery. Dr. Cabler will address them extensively in your pre-surgery office visit.

Contact us to schedule your Complimentary LASIK Evaluation or for more information.

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