Safety is a paramount concern for most individuals when considering vision correction options. LASIK surgery, one of the most popular and extensively studied procedures, offers a promising solution for those seeking to improve their eyesight. With millions of successful surgeries performed worldwide, LASIK has established a strong safety and effectiveness track record. In this article, we’ll explore the safety aspects of LASIK surgery, addressing common concerns and what you can expect from the procedure. At Brinton Vision, our commitment to using state-of-the-art technology and providing our patients with personalized care ensures that your LASIK experience is not only safe but customized to meet your unique vision needs.

Is LASIK safe?

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a safe and effective procedure for correcting vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism that gives patients freedom from glasses and contact lenses. LASIK was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999, and more than 10 million have undergone the procedure since then. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, serious complications from LASIK are rare, and the majority of patients are satisfied with their results. The 2016 Modern LASIK Outcomes study reported that 99.5% of eyes achieved 20/40 vision or better after the procedure. In addition, from 1993-2005, over 9,000 patients participated in FDA clinical trials testing LASIK, and since then, more than 7,000 peer-reviewed studies have confirmed its safety and efficacy.

However, like any surgical procedure, LASIK does carry risks. Common side effects in the early postoperative period typically resolve within one to six months and can include dry eyes, halos, and glare at night. Long-term effects are generally positive, with more than 98% of patients with certain levels of nearsightedness and astigmatism achieving 20/20 vision. Only about 14% of patients require an enhancement during their lifetime.

The Mayo Clinic notes that complications resulting in a loss of vision are very rare, but common side effects such as dry eye syndrome and temporary visual disturbances do occur.

It is important for potential LASIK candidates to have realistic expectations and to discuss the risks and benefits with their ophthalmologist. The procedure is not suitable for everyone, and eligibility criteria include factors such as age, stability of prescription, and the degree of refractive error.

Is the technology used in LASIK surgery safe and reliable?

The technology used in LASIK surgery is both safe and reliable, utilizing advanced, computer-driven laser systems to reshape the cornea with exceptional precision. The rate of complications from LASIK eye surgery is estimated to be well below 1%. Over 20 million LASIK procedures have been performed in the U.S., with more than 96% of patients reporting satisfaction with the outcome of their procedure. LASIK uses an excimer laser to precisely alter the shape of the cornea, the clear tissue at the front of the eye, improving the patient’s visual acuity without the need for a corrective lens. This approach has proven to be highly effective, with the American Refractive Surgery Council highlighting a 99% success rate. Innovations such as wavefront-guided LASIK, which use a detailed eye map for guidance, and femtosecond laser technology, offering a “bladeless” experience, have significantly enhanced the safety and outcomes of the surgery. Additionally, topography-guided LASIK, which integrates corneal topography data, further customizes treatment to improve visual outcomes, including night vision.

Despite the high success rate and advancements in technology, it’s crucial to recognize that all surgical procedures, including LASIK, come with some level of risk. Potential complications can include dry eyes, glare, halos around lights, and in very rare instances, loss of vision specifically due to neglecting post-operative instructions. Thorough preoperative testing and proper patient selection play a critical role in minimizing these risks, ensuring LASIK remains a safe and reliable option for those seeking to improve their vision. At Brinton Vision, our commitment to using the latest advancements in LASIK technology, combined with our meticulous approach to patient care, underscores our dedication to providing safe, reliable, and personalized vision correction solutions.

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10 Things You Can Do To Increase LASIK Safety

To help ensure the safety and effectiveness of your LASIK eye surgery, it’s important to take proactive steps in your LASIK journey. An informed decision-making process is the beginning step, as it equips you with the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate through the LASIK procedure. By taking time to do thorough research, finding a reputable surgeon, and understanding the recovery process, you can significantly increase the likelihood of a safe and successful outcome. Below are 10 things you can do to help make your LASIK surgery experience safe:

  1. Gather Personal Testimonials: Start by consulting friends and family who have undergone LASIK. Their experiences can provide valuable insights and may lead you to reputable surgeons through their recommendations.
  2. Conduct Comprehensive Research: Delve into LASIK and laser vision correction by reading reliable online sources about LASIK and refractive surgery. Educating yourself on the procedure is important so that you can make an informed decision.
  3. Consult Multiple Surgeons: Schedule appointments with various eye surgeons to obtain a range of opinions. This will not only help you assess whether LASIK is suitable for you but also allow you to choose a surgeon who instills confidence with their expertise and approach.
  4. Verify Information with Your Surgeon: Bring the information you have learned to your consultation appointments. This enables your surgeon to address, verify, or clarify the information, ensuring you have a clear and accurate understanding.
  5. Understand the Recovery Process: Familiarize yourself with the post-surgery recovery and healing process. Knowing the potential side effects and how they can be managed or resolved is important for your post-operative care.
  6. Follow Professional Advice: If advised against LASIK due to health concerns or specific conditions, take this recommendation seriously. Trust that a qualified surgeon prioritizes your health and vision safety.
  7. Choose a Board-Certified, Fellowship-trained Surgeon: Ensure your surgeon is board-certified, verifying their accreditation and hospital affiliations to confirm their qualifications. Fellowship training in LASIK and refractive surgery reveal the surgeon underwent additional training.
  8. Communicate with your Surgeon: Don’t hesitate to ask questions and ensure you fully understand your condition and the LASIK procedure. Clear communication with your surgeon is key.
  9. Follow Pre- and Post-Operative Instructions: Adhering to your surgeon’s guidelines before and after surgery is critical for a successful recovery.
  10. Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Keeping all follow-up appointments with your LASIK surgeon allows for monitoring your healing progress and addressing any concerns promptly.

By taking these steps, you actively contribute to the safety and success of your LASIK surgery, ensuring a smoother experience and more satisfying results.

Take the First Step Towards Clear Vision: Discover the Safety of LASIK with Brinton Vision

LASIK surgery is known for its high success rate and safety profile, making it a popular choice for correcting vision. With advanced technology and a track record of millions of successful procedures, LASIK offers an effective solution for improving eyesight. At Brinton Vision, we prioritize using the latest technology and providing personalized care to ensure the safety and satisfaction of our patients. Dr. Brinton’s board certification and expertise in optometry underscore our commitment to providing the highest standard of eye care.

Considering LASIK? It’s important to be informed and proactive. By following the steps outlined in this article, such as doing research, choosing a qualified refractive surgeon, and understanding the recovery process, you can help ensure a safe and successful outcome. At Brinton Vision, we’re here to guide you through the process, offering expert advice and care. If you’re ready to improve your vision, reach out to us to learn more about how LASIK can benefit you.

More FAQ’s About Is LASIK Safe

What are the risks of undergoing LASIK surgery?

Risks can include dry eyes, glare, and halos around lights, but serious complications are rare. At Brinton Vision, while recognizing that LASIK, like any surgical procedure, involves some risks, we ensure these are minimized through our use of advanced technology and thorough pre-operative evaluations.

How often do LASIK patients experience complications?

Complications from LASIK are rare, with serious issues occurring in less than 1% of cases. At Brinton Vision, our expert team’s meticulous approach significantly reduces the likelihood of complications, ensuring a smooth recovery for our patients. We closely monitor for signs of infection, diplopia (double vision), and photophobia as rare but potential post-operative complications, ensuring immediate and effective management.

Is the LASIK procedure painful?

Patients at Brinton Vision typically experience little to no discomfort during LASIK surgery, thanks to the numbing drops applied to the eyes. Some may feel pressure or a mild sensation, but the procedure is quick and pain is minimal. Post-surgery, patients are advised on medication to prevent inflammation and infection, and activities like contact sports are discouraged until the flap heals properly.

Can LASIK surgery lead to blindness?

The risk of blindness from LASIK surgery is extremely rare. At Brinton Vision, we prioritize safety through cutting-edge technology and comprehensive patient assessments to ensure the highest standards of care and minimize risks. The excimer laser’s beam is meticulously controlled to prevent injury and ensure the procedure is painless, emphasizing our dedication to patient comfort and safety.

What is the success rate of LASIK surgery at Brinton Vision?

At Brinton Vision, we boast a high success rate, with the majority of our patients achieving 20/20 vision or better. Our personalized treatment plans and advanced LASIK technology contribute to our exceptional outcomes. Patient satisfaction is gauged through follow-ups, where improvements in conditions like itchy eyes, foggy vision, and overall visual acuity are documented.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for LASIK?

At Brinton Vision, we conduct a comprehensive eye examination and consider factors like the patient’s overall eye health including the condition of the retina and pupil size, corneal thickness, and vision stability. During the pre-operative evaluation, our eye care professionals assess signs and symptoms of potential diseases or conditions like keratitis and inflammation that might affect the outcome. Certain conditions like pregnancy or diseases affecting visual stability may necessitate postponement of the surgery. Our personalized approach ensures that LASIK is recommended only when it’s the best option for you.

Can LASIK correct astigmatism?

Yes, LASIK can effectively correct astigmatism. At Brinton Vision, we utilize precise laser technology to reshape the cornea, improving vision by correcting the irregular curvature associated with astigmatism. LASIK surgery not only aims to correct visual impairment such as near-sightedness and far-sightedness but also significantly enhances visual perception and quality of life.

What makes Brinton Vision different from other LASIK providers?

Brinton Vision sets itself apart through a commitment to personalized care, investment in the latest LASIK technologies, and a team of experienced professionals dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients. We are the only practice in the State of Missouri to specialize in LASIK and all six alternatives – SMILE, EVO ICL, Visian Toric ICL, ASA (Advanced Photorefractive Keratectomy or PRK), Kamra Inlay and RLE. Our approach is tailored to meet each individual’s unique vision needs.



Dr. Jason P. Brinton is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of LASIK and refractive surgery. He is a graduate of Harvard College, earned his medical doctorate from the Harvard Medical School and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.