I’ve worn glasses for many years now and am contemplating having laser eye surgery done. Do you have any information on patients suffering from complications after having had laser eye surgery?


Complications arising from modern laser eye surgery are very rare. A study of patients in the American Armed Forces demonstrated that of 112,500 recruits who underwent laser eye surgery between 2000 and 2008, only 1 patient experienced significant complications as a result.

In the 1990s it was estimated that up to 5% of patients deemed as suitable candidates for laser eye surgery might expect to experience some form of post-operative complication. Today, thanks to ongoing improvements in laser eye surgery technology, less than 1% of patients are estimated to experience complications.

Where complications do arise, virtually 100% can be successfully addressed with further treatment. In the UK, up to 150,000 patients opt for laser eye surgery each year, with 99% of patients obtaining 20/20 vision or better as a result.

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