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Consider the benefits of laser eye surgery

Published on 13th November 2013

Considering LASIK eye surgery?

If you are currently using prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses then you have probably considered laser eye surgery at some point. There are different reasons why people have not undergone the treatment and these may include fear of side effects or having been turned down by an ophthalmologist.

Are you eligible for eye surgery?

If you think you might be eligible for laser vision correction then it is highly advisable to look into it. It is something that can change your life and if you are held back by fears about possible outcomes, look into the statistics and the procedures involved and you will likely be much more comfortable about proceeding with laser eye treatment.

What are the complications?

Complication rates in laser eye surgery are very low. The majority of complications are very mild and may include the feeling that a foreign body is in the eye or halos that are seen around bright objects at night whilst your eyes heal and settle down post operatively. Most of these are short term effects and will go away in a few days or weeks. In terms of more serious complications, these are only present in less than 1% of the all cases. At Visualase, your consultation is conducted by your own treating doctor and he will sit down and discuss at length any concerns you may have about risks and complications and offer you the reassurance you are looking for whilst being honest about the facts.

Benefits of laser eye surgery

Many people are not fully aware of all of the benefits until they have actually undergone their eye surgery treatment. It is often only a few hours until you start to see quite clearly and most people are ecstatic enough at this point to make the procedure worthwhile. It's not until later that they discover all of the different activities that they can undertake without being concerned about losing their glasses or contact lenses. Things like swimming or extreme sports may now become possible for them when they might not have been before.

It is common for people to experience increased confidence following laser vision correction surgery. It not only has to do with their appearance, but the ability to engage in different activities without concern. For some people, it may even allow them to choose a job or career path that they would not previously have been able to perform.


All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.