Our sight is precious and any procedure involving your eyes may seem daunting. That's why anyone that is considering laser eye surgery must have asked is it dangerous?

Laser eye surgery procedures have an excellent patient safety record and a significant success rate and thankfully, reports of sight-threatening complications resulting from laser eye surgery are very rare. When side effects do occur, they can normally be resolved through advanced surgical procedures or medical treatment. However, it’s important to remember that all surgical procedures carry some degree of risk, and it’s best to do your research so you’re fully prepared with what to expect. Your surgeon can tell you more about the risks before you go ahead with surgery.

Also known as refractive surgery, this procedure corrects focusing problems by reshaping the cornea (the transparent ‘window’ at the front of the eye) with a laser. You can be reassured that laser eye surgery is one of the safest elective surgical procedures available today. Different forms of laser eye surgery have been performed for over 30 years and the procedure is very well established.

According to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, more than 95% of people who've had refractive surgery are happy with the results they’ve had through their surgery, even going as far as deeming it ‘life-changing’. With the technical and scientific advancements in the medical field, lasik or laser eye surgeries are quite safe as well as effective.

Over the years, LASIK, ASLA and SMILE® have been studied extensively and there is a wealth of clinical evidence showing that each vision correction procedure is safe and effective for people who qualify. There’s an extensive screening process to assess suitability. In general, laser eye surgery causes mostly only transitional dry-eye symptoms. To avoid this, it‘s necessary to moisturize the ocular surface.

The procedure is performed using local anaesthetic eye drops and takes between five and 10 minutes per eye. However, the time taken for the reshaping of the cornea with the excimer laser is usually less than a minute. Most people have some visual side effects and discomfort in the weeks or months after surgery but these should gradually settle down. You may experience dry eyes after laser eye surgery, which could feel slightly itchy or uncomfortable.