can we expect a decline in unresolved complications?

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can we expect a decline in unresolved complications?

Postby backintocombat » Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:57 pm

On another thread, unresolved complications six months after surgery were said to be around 3%.

Even taking into account certain qualifications (some complications are not serious, some are due to lack of experience by the surgeon, others are due to the patient not following pre or post-op procedures, etc.), for those who are more risk-averse, this rate might seem unacceptably high.

Can we expect further declines in this rate?

How fast is LASIK surgery progressing?

Do discoveries to improve the technique continue to take place?

Many thanks for your time.
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Postby LasikExpert » Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:59 pm

The 3% number has remained stable for the past 5-6 years, but what has changed is the degree of complication within that 3%.

In the past the complications were much more severe. Now the complications are less severe and some are virtually nonexistent. As an example, it is very, very rare for someone to have central islands after Lasik today, however 5-10 years ago they were a significant problem and very hard to resolve. Still within the 3%, but a much worse 3%.

The most prevalent unresolved complication after Lasik is dry eyes. This can range from a nuisance to quite painful and needing constant application of artificial tears.

Lasik is surgery and all surgery always has risk. Whether or not the overall 3% complication rate is "unacceptably high" is a matter of personal opinion. Also, some people will be more (or less) likely to have a complication because the nature of their eyes and treatment necessary for correction. This is a reason careful selection of a surgeon is so important. I is the surgeon who will advise you on your individual probably of a complication.
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