Q: Is laser vision correction safe?

A: LASIK is widely accepted by surgeons and patients as the safest elective medical procedure. Over 32 million cases have been successfully performed worldwide over the past 20 years. In fact, based on a 2009 study that reviewed hundreds of scientific publications, it was found that LASIK has the highest patient satisfaction rate compared to any other elective medical procedure. However, as with any other surgery, there are risks and possible complications. But those risks are small. LASIK complications (which are typically minor and easily treatable) from the procedure range from 1 in 50,000 to 1 in 100,000. In contrast, the risk of incurring an eye threatening infection with daily contact lens wear over the average lifetime of 20 years is as high as 1 in 100! Thus, LASIK can be considered much safer than wearing contact lenses.