We get a lot of questions about Lasik and other procedures to help people have better vision. Often the questions are common. They center around cost, the downtime and healing time required, and even sometimes about how the procedure works. Sometimes, though, we do get some new questions that we wanted to clarify. Keep reading to learn some unorthodox questions we get, and understand that you can ask us anything!
Can Lasik make me go blind?
Lasik is a very popular procedure, with millions of surgeries performed every year. Most of the time, these surgeries result in incredible outcomes for patients. Even including the surgeons who have more complications, the number of complications are rare and may even be as low as one percent of total surgeries.
Understand that if you are interested in Lasik, it is a surgery and all surgeries pose some risk. If there are complications, they are most often limited to glares, halos, or dry eyes. It’s quite rare for someone to go blind as a result of Lasik surgery, especially if they followed their doctor’s orders after surgery. The minor complications that are more common can resolve themselves after time, though they can also be permanent. Severe complications such as vision loss are very unlikely, though possible.
Can my cataracts come back after surgery?
No, cataracts don’t grow back, thankfully. Some patients may notice a slight blurring similar to a cataract a few months or years after your surgery. This isn’t a cataract, but may be due to a clouding of the posterior capsule which is behind the new lens implant.
If macular degeneration can’t be treated, why should I see an eye doctor?
We are always learning more about macular degeneration, and just because we don’t have a cure, it doesn’t mean that your eye doctor can’t help you manage symptoms and prevent further loss of vision.
Dry macular degeneration is the most common form of the disease. It is also the milder of the two forms, develops gradually, and usually leads to only minor vision loss. Wet macular degeneration is less common, but more linked to vision loss. Though we don’t know exactly what causes macular degeneration, we do understand some links. We can help you change your lifestyle and diet to encourage better eye health, which may slow the progression of macular degeneration.
Do you have eye questions for us, or do you need to schedule an exam? Call us at (701) 235-5200 to schedule a consultation.