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Laser Eye Surgery Risks and Complications

16 April 2019

Laser eye surgery is effective in treating short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. It can provide an alternative to wearing glasses or contact lenses, or reduce your need for glasses. It is both safe and highly effective.

However, like any other surgery, there are potential risks with laser eye surgery, but fortunately, serious ones are rare. Common complications and side effects are listed below. Most postoperative complications can be treated successfully with further surgery or medical treatment.

Discomfort or Pain

In general, laser eye surgery isn’t a painful procedure, both the surgery and the recovery afterwards. At Hunter Laser Vision we prescribe our patient’s pain killing tablets and aesthetic drops for the first day after surgery, which is the day where people may have discomfort.

Dry Eye After Laser Eye Surgery

Dry eye is not uncommon after laser surgery as dry eye is not uncommon in our community.  Dry eye after laser surgery is often unmasking a patient’s pre-existing dry eye. Fortunately, the symptoms tend to resolve, in the vast majority of patients, over the course of a few months with the use of lubricating eye drops or other measures.

Night Vision Problems

Trouble with glare and halos around lights at night time is quite uncommon these days with the new technology we have available. If patients do experience them, they are usually short lived symptoms that tend to resolve as the overall level of inflammation settles down in their cornea.

Under Correction, Overcorrection or Regression

Most patients will only need one surgery to get them to their target goal in vision. Occasionally there may be a need for a patient to have additional laser vision correction after your surgeon confirms your residual refractive error is stable.


Laser eye surgery does not cause cataracts. Everyone at some point in their life will develop a cataract that requires surgery. The impact of laser surgery on cataract surgery is that it affects how the lens is measured to implant at the time of cataract surgery. Cataract surgery lens power calculations are very accurate, but they are slightly less accurate after any form of laser corrective surgery on the cornea.  This may cause a patient to need to undergo additional laser treatment alongside the routine cataract surgery.

Your surgeon will determine if you are an eligible candidate for laser eye surgery, this will depend on a number of factors including your prescription, eye health, age and lifestyle.  Choosing an experienced ophthalmic surgeon and a clinic with the latest technology is very important in reducing potential complications from surgery.


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Hunter Laser Vision has been providing laser eye surgery in throughout the Hunter Region for over 20 years. Our years of experience and training means we can provide you with the best in corrective eye surgery.  We are committed to customer satisfaction at every step. Speak with one of our team members today on 1800 442 020 to start your journey to visual freedom.

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