Is Refractive Surgery Safe?

Decided to undergo refractive surgery? But is it really safe?

Refractive surgery is a popular surgery used to improve or correct vision in people. It is performed to treat certain conditions in people such as nearsightedness, presbyopia, presbyopia, and farsightedness.

There are many types of surgical procedures that are used to adjust the focusing ability of the eye by reshaping the cornea. LASIK (laser-assisted situ keratomileusis) - a most popular type of refractive surgery where laser is used for the reshaping or remoulding of cornea.

The main goal of this surgery is to decrease the dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Most people who undergo this treatment achieve this goal. About 95% of people do not feel the need for corrective lenses after refractive surgery.

The ideal candidates for refractive or vision correction surgery are people aged 18 and above with healthy eyes who do not want to wear glasses or contact lenses anymore.

Before deciding on such an eye treatment, you should consult with an ophthalmologist to ensure you are ideal for refractive surgery.

If you want to get rid of wearing glasses and contact lenses, make sure you are seeing the right eye care professional

  1. Sohaib Abbas Malik is a well-known and skilled ophthalmic surgeon whom you can consult with. He will help you understand the risks and benefits of refractive surgery and if you are the ideal candidate for it or not.

Is refractive surgery safe for your eyes?

This is the most common question asked by patients who are considering the refractive surgery. And why should it not be? Any procedure involving your eye may seem daunting and nerve wrenching.

So, when people are asking ‘is refractive surgery safe?’ basically they are asking two questions.

  1. Is refractive surgery/LASIK a safe procedure?
  2. Is refractive surgery/LASIK safe for my eyes?

The answer to the first question is YES. But the answer to the second question requires an evaluation of the eye condition of the patient. This is the only way to know if LASIk is safe or beneficial for your eyes or not.

You should have a thorough evaluation of your eyes with a professional eye care consultant before deciding to undergo LASIK.

Who should avoid refractive surgery? 

People who should avoid refractive surgery are those who have:

  • A change in their contact lense or eyeglass in the past 12 months
  • Conditions such as connective tissue diseases or autoimmune
  • Severe dry eye or glaucoma
  • Keratoconus
  • Herpes simplex infection
  • Have uneven corneas
  • Taken certain medications
  • Other health issues such as lupus, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis

What you can do to ensure refractive surgery is safe for you?

As we have mentioned above that refractive surgery is safe if you are the ideal candidate for it. If the condition of your eyes is not suitable for the procedure, the outcome may be not so effective.

An experienced eye care specialist will undertake a comprehensive evaluation of your eyes - from the shape and thickness of cornea to your general eye condition before advising whether you are suitable for the procedure or not. If you are told that you are not suitable for the surgery then take the recommendation seriously.

And if you are told that you are the ideal candidate for the procedure then you can join other millions of people who are living free from glasses and contact lenses.

You can get rid of your glasses and contact lenses. First, you need a thorough consultation with an experienced and reliable ophthalmologist.