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Possible LASIK Complications

LASIK surgery is a safe and predictable means of lessening or removing a person's dependency on corrective lenses. It is safe enough that it is routinely performed on both eyes at the same time. However, LASIK is a surgical procedure and, therefore, there are some possible complications or risks, both major and minor.
 
Minor LASIK complications are, in most cases, temporary and are often easily treated by your healthcare providers.
 
Major complications are the rarest complications associated with LASIK. These complications occur in less than 1 in 100 cases.
 
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LASIK: A Summary

LASIK is a procedure that reshapes the cornea of your eye using a highly specialized laser. This is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the world for vision correction, with predictable results and low risk. A majority of patients lessen their dependency on glasses or contact lenses and, in many cases, eliminate their need for corrective lenses altogether.
 
Before deciding to have LASIK, it is always recommended that you have a good understanding of the procedure, including its risks, benefits, and alternatives. Based on what you want and expect, you and your doctor can make a shared decision about your healthcare.
 
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