Avoiding LASIK Complications By William Goldstein on March 07, 2016

LASIK Detroit is a safe process with a low complication rate. It is usually used to treat eye-related defects or disorders such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. It is a surgical procedure, so there can be some complications associated with it. Currently, the percentage of people who suffer from some sort of complication during or after the LASIK procedure is very low. Like most other complications, LASIK complications only result in the loss of vision in the rarest of cases, with an incidence rate of less than close to zero. Most of the more common complications can be corrected through more surgeries or other treatment.

Common complications

The most common LASIK complications are flap-related. These complications occur when the corneal flap does is not placed properly, or has another defect, in the eye. It usually occurs when something prevents the smooth cutting motion of the microkeratome. In addition to this, the lack of suction, irregular corneas or generally poor blade quality can result in a flap-related complication.

Flap-related complications can be prevented by making sure that all surgical equipment is latest and is working well. Making sure that you choose a good and reputable doctor also helps, as skilled surgeons are less likely to conduct surgeries that have flap complications. Sometimes complications can arise due to the shape of the cornea, in which case the patient needs to evaluate whether they want to proceed with the surgery in the first place. A full exam by your surgeon is the most important factor in avoiding lasik complications.

Common flap related complications:

1) Flap dislocation: This tends to happen when the flap on the cornea is dislocated. This usually manifests with pain and acute vision loss. The best way to treat this is to have surgery again as soon as possible.

2) Flap striae: This happens when the flap ends up becoming slightly misaligned on the cornea, and can be fixed with flap manipulation. In addition to complications related to the flap, other complications include proliferation of epithelial cells and infections. The former occurs if there is epithelial trauma during the LASIK surgery in Detroit. The latter, although rare, can present 72 hours after the surgery. Both these complications are serious and should be made known to the surgeon immediately.

Dry eyes tend to be a post-operative complication that some people complain of after LASIK, Detroit and it is usually treated with eye drops. The prevalence of dry eyes is higher in individuals who have a family history of dry eyes occurring naturally.

While none of these complications can be completely prevented, by ensuring that you get your LASIK surgery in Detroit at a reputable treatment center it will go a long way in avoiding lasik complications. Make sure that you go to a surgeon with a good track record in terms of complications, and you follow post-operative care instructions to the letter. In case you do feel like you might be experiencing a complication, make sure you contact your doctor as soon as possible. LASIK procedures have helped a lot of people gain their sight, and there is no reason that it can’t do the same for you if you take proper care.

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