Is LASIK Safe?

Is laser vision correction safe?

Over the past 20 years, millions of LASIK procedures have been successfully performed worldwide. LASIK is widely accepted by surgeons and patients as the safest elective medical procedure. 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.

At LASIK MD, we have a team of world-renowned surgeons who are experts in the field of LASIK.  Our surgeons collectively performed over 200,000 laser eye surgeries in Quebec,  along with state-of-the-art technology, and affordable pricing. In fact, we now perform more than half of all laser vision correction procedures in Canada, so you know you have a surgeon you can trust.

LASIK MD’s surgeons use the latest, most advanced technology in the field of laser vision correction. Patients benefit from technology that is clinically proven to give excellent outcomes. Over 90 percent of patients with low to moderate myopia achieve 20/40 vision, which most states and provinces consider good enough to drive without having to wear contacts or glasses, and many can expect to achieve 20/20 vision or better. However, patients with high myopia (more than -8D) and high hyperopia (more than +4D) should have realistic expectations.

As with any other surgery, there are risks and possible complications. But those risks are small. Thankfully, LASIK complications are extremely rare and most are minor and easily treatable. The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) estimates that the average infection rate following LASIK is approximately 1 in 1,100. At LASIK MD, our infection rate is between 1 in 50,000 and 1 in 100,000, significantly lower than what is reported by ASCRS. LASIK MD’s high surgical volume, over 60,000 procedures annually, coupled with standardized surgical techniques ensures unequaled safety in laser vision correction.


Many people use contact lenses but don’t consider the risk. The chance of developing an eye infection with daily contact lens wear over the average lifetime of 20 years is as high as 1 in 100. Research has shown that LASIK is in fact safer today than long-term use of soft contact lenses.

People who are most satisfied with the results of laser correction clearly understand the potential risks and complications and possess realistic expectations as to what their vision will be like after surgery. Do keep in mind that laser vision correction is not only safe, it can also improve your day and night vision and, most of all, improve your life.