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A 20-year-old male asked:

Is lasik eye surgery safe?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Without question: This is a procedure, now with advanced laser technology machines, that has been performed millions of times with excellent results. Like all surgeries, there are a few risks but these are minor and uncommon. Dryness of the eyes after the procedure is common but not something one would consider unsafe.
Dr. Jessica Fleishman
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Amost always: Nothing is 100% safe. Not even driving a car or crossing a street. Lasik is one of the safest procedures around but it's unrealistic to think in absolute terms of "safe" vs "unsafe". The patient has to be willing to sign the consent form that discloses everything that can go wrong (very rarely) and be comfortable taking a small chance for a big reward.
Dr. Federico Mattioli
LASIK Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: Studies have shown that lasik is safe. It has been performed for about 20 years. Around 32 million people worldwide have had it. As with any surgery, there are always risks and it is important to know the risks and benefits.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Yes. For appropriate candidates, lasik is the safest and one of the most common elective surgeries performed in the U.S.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
Yes: Lasik is one of the safest procedures around. Like any surgery there are some risks.

Similar questions

A 27-year-old member asked:

Is lasik eye surgery considered safe?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Yes: In general lasik is one of the safest surgeries performed. There are people who are not candidates for lasik. If you are concerned, ask your ophthalmologist about the safety of lasik in your eyes.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How effective is lasik eye surgery?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Benjamin Rubin
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
Very successful: As long as you have appropriate expectations, and don't have abnormal cornea or certain systemic diseases especially immunologic disease.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is lasik eye surgery worth it?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Yes. Lasik is less expensive and safer than long term contact lens wear. It also avoids costs related to glasses/frames and contact lenses/solution/cases/etc.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the dangers of having lasik eye surgery?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
LASIK risks: Lasik risks = need for touchup, dry eye, glare & haloes, corneal scarring, infection, decreased vision, possible need for contact lens or additional corneal surgery. These risks are uncommon and lasik is one of the safest and most common elective procedures performed.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is your experience with lasik eye surgery?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 47 years experience
Very positive: In properly selected patients, lasik gives great results. Some of my happiest patients are my lasik patients. I, myself, had lasik done over 12 years ago; and I am still enjoying excellent distance vision.
Last updated Apr 9, 2016

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