95% of my patients are satisfied after Laser Vision Correction, but Complications can Occur.
There has not been one case of blindness in any FDA Laser Vision study, that I’m aware of, since the studies initially began in the early 1990’s. In my practice, no patient that I am aware of, has had to give up any activity in their life because of a complication from Laser Vision Correction.
Over 95% of my patients are satisfied after Laser Vision Correction; however, Laser Vision Correction is NOT PERFECT! Dryness, hazy vision in dim light, and night glare occur initially after EVERY LASIK and PRK procedure. The dryness often requires the use of lubricating eye drops (“artificial tears”) for weeks to months following Laser Vision Correction, and usually resolves after three to six months. If the dryness persists, punctal plugs are a safe, painless option. It is very uncommon for patients to have long term, persistent dry eyes. The hazy vision in dim light usually resolves within a few weeks, although it may last longer in patients that had large amounts of nearsightedness treated with Laser Vision Correction. The night glare (“halos” around headlights) usually resolves within a few weeks, although glare may be permanent. I use a VISX Star 4 Excimer Laser and WaveLight Excimer Lasers which both have large optical and blend zones. These large zones significantly decrease the incidence of night glare. And to further decrease the incidence of glare and halos I would recommend that you consider CustomVue Wavefront and IntraLase LASIK. The IntraLase also adds significant safety to the LASIK procedure.
Approximately 2% of patients require a retreatment after Laser Vision Correction, which is usually performed about 3 months after the initial LASIK procedure and 6-9 months after PRK. I do not consider retreatments a “complication”. Retreatments are performed at no additional charge for 12 months after surgery or indefinitely, if you have annual routine exams by Dr. Levinson. For details, see our Lifetime Promise Agreement.
“Ever since I can remember I have been wearing eyewear. LASIK has been the best thing that has happened to me in my life! The procedure only took about two minutes and that same night I was able to watch T.V. and was reading the captions. Thank you, Dr. Levinson!”
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Over 95% of my patients are satisfied after Laser Vision Correction; however, Laser Vision Correction is NOT PERFECT!
Approximately 2% of patients require a retreatment after Laser Vision Correction, which is usually performed, at no additional charge, about 3 months after the initial LASIK procedure and 6-9 months after PRK.