Laser Eye Surgery Risks

When assessing your suitability for laser eye surgery, we have to carefully balance the risks and benefits of the treatment plan that we recommend. Our rigorous screening techniques, state of the art technology and several decades of clinical experience enable us to treat a vast range of eye prescriptions with excellent outcomes. However no procedure is completely without risk.

Risks can vary depending on the type of procedure but also from patient to patient, since no two eyes are ever the same. Our aim as your clinical team is to explain the pros and cons of any treatment plan and help you understand the possible complications that may occur, however rare they may be. We will guide you on the importance of your own role in your laser eye surgery journey to ensure you achieve the best outcome possible both in the short term and for your future vision.

Whilst it is not possible to detail every risk of surgery here, below are some of the possible risks and complications that will be discussed with you in detail at the time of your consultation and consent.

  • Flap complications during or after treatment.
  • Corneal haze or scarring.
  • Infection or inflammation.
  • Under or over correction of your prescription.
  • Night time vision problems including glare, starbursts, halos or reduced quality of vision.
  • Dryness and other ocular surface changes.
  • Biomechanical corneal changes leading to ectasia.

Such complications would need to be managed by your surgeon and may require further treatment in order to achieve a resolution. Careful monitoring during your aftercare and timely intervention are important to reduce the risk of a complication affecting your final visual outcome.

It is important for you to take an active role in your laser eye surgery journey and for you to communicate effectively with your surgeon and the entire team involved in your care. To minimise risks you must follow instructions for pre and post-operative care and attend follow up appointments as recommended. Detailed verbal and written information will be given to you at your consultation as well as when you book for surgery, helping you to plan ahead and understand what to expect.

We are always a quick telephone call away with 24/7 support from one of the clinical team at any stage during your journey.

Most of our patients will never encounter any serious complications and the vast majority are delighted with their successful results following surgery.

See how we compare to average standards published by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists:

RCO STANDARDS*ACCUVISION PATIENTS**
LOSS OF BCVA IN LASIK~ 3-5 %0 %
LOSS OF BCVA IN PRK~ 4-10 %0 %
HEALTHCARE ACQUIRED INFECTION RATE< 0.1 %0 %

*Laser Refractive Eye Surgery Guide, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

This data is based on outcomes from 4590 consecutive treatments with 1 year follow up. The range of prescriptions treated is -12.00 to +6.00D sphere and plano to -4.25D cylinder for LASIK and +4.00 to -6.50D sphere and Plano to -2.75D cylinder for PRK. RCO Guidelines on expected outcomes sourced from “A Patient’s Guide to Excimer Laser Refractive Surgery” July 2011.
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      • WaveFront Optimised Surgery for both eyes. Offer does not apply to a single eye treatment.
      • Myopic prescriptions under -3.50 dioptres only. Prescriptions with other additional conditions/variations may not be eligible and are subject to a detailed evaluation.
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      • All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcomes through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits including ones specific to your circumstances at the time of your preoperative consultation.
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