Dr. Schwartz recalls the most common risks associated with LASIK corrective eye surgery.
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The Risks of LASIK Eye Surgery The most common risks and side effects that I see are haloes, glare, starburst and dry eyes. Taking the first three – the halo, the glare, the starbursting -- that’s about a one percent risk now with the custom technology, that was significantly higher with the previous older generations of LASIK. That feeds into a whole another line of discussion, which is, “Are all lasers created equal?” But I’m sure we can get to that. The other side of it is the dry eye issue. Everybody gets dry eyes 100% of the time in my practice I see it, maybe it’s because I am in Arizona, but everybody gets dry eyes after laser surgery. What is really important is how long is it going to last? Typically it lasts about 30 to 90 days and then goes away. Usually it goes away, I should say. About one percent or less have a continued persistent dry eye problem that I have seen last over a year, but the majority of patients, it’s gone within 30 to 90 days.