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Can lasik eye surgery accidentally damage your eyes?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Rare: All surgery including lasik carries some degress of risk. Lasik certainly has among the lowest percentage of risk. There have however been no cases of blindness reported in millions of eyes done and the reported problems are quite minor and should not prevent you from having the procedure if you are otherwise a good candidate.
Answered on Dec 22, 2014
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Dr. Majid Moshirfar
28 years experience in Ophthalmology
Although LASIK does not cause blindness by itself but there have been few cases of blindness after corneal transplantation due to LASIK secondary to epithelial down growth and a case of severe fungal infection after a failed graft on a patient with previous history of LASIK surgery. Perhaps such risks are one in a million.
Apr 6, 2012
Dr. Mark Golden
Dr. Mark Golden commented
40 years experience in Ophthalmology
As Dr. Bensinger states, LASIK is a surgical process with the potential for risk. Overall the risk with LASIK is much less than that of the life-time risk of blindness caused by contact lenses.
Apr 26, 2012

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