Dispelling the myths behind LASIK and blindness
LASIK's long history
Laser vision correction (LVC) surgeries, also called LASIK procedures, are the most popular type of elective surgery in all of modern medicine. Since first being offered to the public 30 years ago, over 40 million procedures have been performed worldwide.
One of the questions we hear from our patients before their procedure is: “Can I go blind due to a LASIK procedure?” It's a fair concern and one worth exploring.
At LASIK MD, our surgeons have collectively performed over 1 million procedures. We've been in business since 2001 and have seen numerous eyes of all shapes and sizes. During our long history, we've never had a single incident where a vision correction procedure has led to blindness.
That's an astounding track record and one that speaks to the culture of safety and dedication to state-of-the-art technology that we foster. This advanced technology ensures that any potential risk of side effects is minimized.
"Safety, comfort and excellent results are our top priorities when we enter the operating room for a procedure. [Surgeons and staff] are always looking to ensure that our patients leave excited over their improved level of vision, and that always begins with making sure we live up to our exacting standards of safety and patient care.”
The odds are forever in your favour
There are alternatives to LASIK that carry greater risks to your eyes. It turns out that you have a greater chance (about 1,000 times more likely) of contracting an infection that could lead to blindness if you use contact lenses. Your everyday ritual of inserting and removing contacts poses a much larger threat to your ocular health than a procedure like LASIK – germs, carried by your hands, can more easily be transferred to your eyes through repeated contact. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also states the risk of general infection is as high as one in every 100 contact lens wearers.
To put things in perspective, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) estimates that the average infection rate following LASIK is approximately 0.09%. At LASIK MD, our infection rate is roughly 0.002%, a figure that is significantly lower than what the ASCRS reports.
When experience counts
When opting for refractive surgery, it's always important to do your research. Choosing a provider with more experience means that their surgeons have had more time utilizing the technologies involved and are more familiar with the particulars of a procedure. Unlike boutique clinics who see a lower number of patients and therefore spend less time in the operating room, surgeons at LASIK MD pride themselves on their level of experience.
Our network of surgeons can also consult each other and share their knowledge, allowing for more well-informed practitioners.
"[The LASIK procedure] is life-changing, and patient safety is our top priority. This is one of the main reasons we’ve been in business for almost two decades and have treated countless happy patients. We always look for new and innovative ways to ensure that our patients are as safe as possible from all risks and side effects. This is extremely important to us."
The best laser vision correction providers are also committed to ensuring that they employ the latest technology available to lower the rate of any issues from occuring. In extremely rare instances, complications and risks may arise either during a LASIK procedure or after. The vast majority of these complications, however, are minor and treatable and can be remedied with the help of your eye care professionals. One complication, for example, is temporary dry eyes, which is remedied through lubricated eye drops that will be prescribed to you.
A final note
We at LASIK MD are proud of our track record – we’re pleased to state that we’ve never had a case of blindness occur relating to procedures we’ve performed at our clinics.
The chances of issues arising when it comes to LASIK are exceedingly low.
If you’re ready to take the next step and undergo one of the safest elective procedures in modern medicine, go ahead and book a free, no-obligation consultation at lasikmd.com.