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Risks and Complications

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Over-correction, Under-correction or Regression

Night or dim-light vision complications

Increased light sensitivity or fluctuating vision

Optical imbalance in eyes

While the overwhelming majority of patients are very pleased with the results of their refractive surgery, it is important for you to review potential risks and complications.

Here are three very good sources:

First: Read over the information provided on this site. We have done our best to make it as complete as possible.

Second: Discuss this information with Dr. Seibel so that it can be put in the context of your individual case.

Third: Review actual studies of risks related to laser eye surgery. Many are already included on our site.

Be sure to base your decision to have laser vision correction upon your own personal value system; avoid being influenced by friends that have had the procedure or encouraging sales personnel.

Potential complications can be divided into two distinct categories:

·Intra-operative - occurring during the procedure
·Post-operative - occurring during the healing phase
Intra-operative refers to surgical complications that occur during the procedure itself

Potential intra-operative problems with LASIK typically involve the flap, and these issues are usually related to the mechanical devices and steel blades (similar to a carpenter's plane using a razor blade), called microkeratomes. Until recently, microkeratomes been the only way to create the flap.

With the advent of the IntraLase all-laser LASIK procedure, the previously associated risks have been virtually eliminated. LASIK now utilizes the IntraLase machine to create the flap with a special cold laser. This laser was created especially for this purpose and is separate from the excimer laser (that will be used to reshape the cornea with ablation). IntraLase technology results in a safer and more precise procedure as compared to the older steel bladed technology.

Some doctors have been known to offer IntraLase as a more expensive option, thus allowing the patient to opt for older technology in order to cut expenses. However, Dr. Seibel feels that the safety and precision of IntraLase are vital and he does not offer outdated options; he will only do what is best for his patients.

Similarly, Dr. Seibel uses Wavefront technology on all LASIK approved candidates, because this gives the best potential of visual success.

Excimer laser ablation-related
As excimer laser technology and the surgical technique have been refined and advanced to include Wavefront guidance systems, complications are rarely seen today. Of the clinical studies submitted to the US FDA for approval of modern excimer laser systems, none reported decentered ablations or central islands.

Continue to: Risks, Part 2

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Los Angeles, California 90025

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