Every surgical procedure carries some risk. Over 40 million laser refractive procedures have been performed since the introduction of the excimer laser to ophthalmology – and it has been shown to be one of the safest, most successful (and most studied) elective procedures in the world (1).
One question patients often ask their treating physician, “Would you have your own eyes lasered?”
ELZA member Prof. Farhad Hafezi underwent LASIK more than a decade ago. He was a long-term contact lens user, and like many people who wear contact lenses, started to experience symptoms of dry eye syndrome. So in 2007, he underwent laser refractive surgery – and has been spectacle and contact lens-free ever since.
1. Eydelman M, Hilmantel G, Tarver ME, Hofmeister EM, May J, Hammel K, Hays RD, Ferris F 3rd. Symptoms and Satisfaction of Patients in the Patient-Reported Outcomes Using Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (PROWL) Studies. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017, 135 (1): 13-22.