All forms of surgery carry risk factors and it is important to consider these in every individual case, particularly elective procedures. Complications may arise during the procedure itself or post-operatively. In ophthalmic surgeries such as for cataracts or LASIK, the most common complications include post-op infections and related poor healing issues, which are generally temporary if managed properly alongside good patient compliance. All surgical procedures would require the patient to sign consent forms and during the process of consent, all risks and contraindications should be explained and addressed. Any further advice should be sought from the practitioner and surgeon in an in-depth consultation.