Laser Eye Surgery Consultation

Laser eye surgery can offer you freedom from glasses and contact lenses, and many individuals find that SMILE, PRESBYOND or LASIK may be good options for achieving this goal. However, not everyone is a candidate for refractive surgery.

That is why we offer personalized consultations to help you determine if laser eye surgery is right for you. We help you understand what will happen during your surgery, and explain the outcomes you can expect.

You may not be eligible for laser eye surgery if you:

  • Are under 18 years of age
  • Have unstable vision
  • Have a prescription that is changing, progressing or fluctuating
  • Are pregnant, plan to become pregnant in the next six months, or are nursing
  • Have uncontrolled or unstable diabetes
  • Have an autoimmune disease or collagen-vascular disease
  • Are on certain medications that suppress the immune system
  • Have amblyopia (also known as “lazy eye”)
  • Have keratoconus
  • Have glaucoma
  • Have any other eye disease

The Risks of Laser Eye Surgery

Most patients are incredibly pleased with the results of their refractive surgery and relish their freedom from glasses and contacts. As such, laser eye surgery is one of the most common elective surgical procedures performed in the world.

Laser eye surgery does carry some degree of risk, just like any other surgical procedure. Intraoperative and postoperative complications may arise. These could include problems such as:

  • Ghosting
  • Halos
  • Starbursts
  • Night vision issues
  • Double-vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Corneal neuralgia
  • Over-correction
  • Under-correction
  • Irregular flaps
  • Epithelial ingrowth
  • Infections

However, the likelihood of developing a severe, vision-threatening complication is less than 1%. Should a complication occur during or after your surgery, it is highly likely that it can be treated. Treatments can include glasses, contact lenses, re-treatment with a laser, lubricated or medicated eye drops, oral medications, or surgical correction.

Before you book a consultation appointment with Horizon Laser Vision Center you should see your optometrist for a thorough eye exam to help you determine if you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery.

During your consultation at the Horizon Laser Vision Center, we will go over the risks and benefits of surgery and discuss non-surgical alternatives available to you.

To help better understand the potential risk of severe problems that can result from LASIK, the FDA launched the LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project in 2009. This project was developed to help individuals understand the potential risks associated with LASIK. In each of the PROWL (Patient Reported Outcomes with LASIK) studies, less than 1 percent of patients experienced difficulty performing their usual activities following LASIK surgery due to any one symptom.