LASIK Eye Surgery: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Risks

Pro, Con and Risks of LASIK Eye Surgery In Singapore

You might have heard of LASIK eye surgery and what it can do for your vision. You might already be planning to fly to Singapore for its numerous options and competitive LASIK prices.

LASIK or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, along with other laser eye surgery, is known for its high safety profile and excellent success rate. However, you should not stop with that information. You have to be aware of the risk of LASIK surgery. Although Singapore has many legitimate and reputable LASIK surgeons that can help minimise this risk, it still pays to know what they are.

Advantages of LASIK

LASIK has many advantages. The primary appeal is that it can correct vision to eliminate the need for glasses or contacts. Hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism require corrective glasses or contacts. You are probably aware how hassling it is sometimes. LASIK can treat these eye conditions. Other advantages include:

  • High success rate – 96 out of 100 patients achieved desired vision acuity with LASIK. The enhancements that can be done after, increases this rate further.
  • With the numbing drops used, the procedure is relatively painless.
  • The results are practically immediate.
  • Patients can undergo adjustments if their vision changes years after due to age.
  • There are no stitches or bandages needed.
  • Extremely low risk and complication rate.

Disadvantages of LASIK

There are also disadvantages to LASIK.

  • The changes LASIK does to the cornea are irreversible.
  • The technical complexity is high. Steps in the operation may encounter difficulties. This heightens the risk associated with LASIK surgery. Singapore surgeons must be extremely skilled and experienced.
  • Though rare, LASIK may cause the loss of “best” vision – the highest level of vision that you get when you wear your corrective eyeglasses or contacts.
  • It has a fair amount of limitations with which who can undergo the surgery.

Side Effects of LASIK

The procedure may also have the following short term side effects after the surgery.

  • Mild eye pain or irritation
  • Glares, blurs, halos, and starbursts – especially at night
  • Night driving difficulty
  • Flux in vision
  • Dry eyes

Risks of LASIK

The side effects can be expected and are not really grave unless they last for more than a few days. What’s more concerning are the complication or risk cause by LASIK surgery that may occur if the procedure did not go as well as would have been expected.

Singapore clinics list these as:

  • Flap complication – a crucial step of the operation is cutting off a piece of the cornea to allow the laser in. It serves as a flap that is returned to place after the operation. Irregularities in healing of the flap may lead to irregular astigmatism, epithelial ingrowth, keratectasia, and the like.
  • Eye infection
  • Regression and excessive or insufficient correction.

Note though that these risks, outside of flap complication, can be corrected through further enhancements.