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 Post subject: Avoid LASIK complications through patient education
PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:25 pm 

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Patients considering LASIK or other forms of corneal refractive surgery involving a laser should first read The LASIK Report at http://www.thelasikreport.com and become informed consumers!

Prospective patients may also visit http://www.thelasikflap.com/forum.

Here is a partial list of LASIK complications that are recorded in the medical literature:

List of LASIK Complications (alphabetical):

1. Aberrations, induced (induced corneal distortions are almost universal)
2. Acanthamoeba Infection
3. Accommodative Spasms
4. Acoustic Shock Waves (suction ring and lasik)
5. Aniseikonia (difference in image size between the two eyes)
6. Anisometropia (large difference in refractive error between the two eyes)
7. Anterior Chamber Perforations
8. Anterior Traction
9. Aquarium Vision
10. Arcing
11. Barotrauma (due to suction ring)
12. BCVA Loss (loss of best-corrected visual acuity)
13. Binocular Vision Damage
14. Blepharitis (eyelid Inflammation)
15. Blindness (legal or total)
16. Bowman Layer Damage
17. Bowman Layer Undulations
18. Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion
19. Canaliculitis (tear duct Inflammation)
20. Cataract Formation (earlier than normal)
21. Central Islands
22. Central Toxic Keratopathy
23. Conjunctivitis
24. Contrast Sensitivity Loss (nearly universal)
25. Convergence Insufficiency (higher risk in myopia)
26. Collagen Damage
27. Corneal Abrasions
28. Corneal Abscess
29. Corneal Bowing
30. Corneal Bulging (related to regression and ectasia)
31. Corneal Damage (including nerves)
32. Corneal Dystrophy
33. Corneal Edema (swelling)
34. Corneal Erosions
35. Corneal Granular Deposition
36. Corneal Iron Deposition
37. Corneal Irregularities
38. Corneal Loss (need a transplant)
39. Corneal Necrosis
40. Corneal Opaqueness (cloudiness or haziness)
41. Corneal Perforation
42. Corneal Scars
43. Corneal Splitting
44. Corneal Steepening
45. Corneal Thinning
46. Corneal Ulcers
47. Corneal Unstable
48. Corneal Vascularization (abnormal blood vessel growth in cornea)
49. Cystoid Macular Edema
50. Dacryostenosis (blocked tear duct)
51. Daybursts
52. Daysparkles
53. Decompensated Strabismus
54. Decentered Ablation
55. Delusion
56. Denial (refusal to admit problems)
57. Depression (profound sadness due to ruined eyes)
58. Depth Perception (loss of)
59. Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis (DLK, Sands of Sahara)
60. Dizziness
61. Driver's License (loss of)
62. Dry Eyes
63. Ectasia
64. Edema
65. Endophthalmitis (interior ocular inflammation)
66. Endothelial Cell Loss
67. Epithelial Cell Loss
68. Epithelial Erosion
69. Epithelial Ingrowth
70. Epithelial Sloughing
71. Epithelial Thickening (results in regression)
72. Eye Strain
73. Flap Amputation
74. Flap Buttonhole
75. Flap Damage
76. Flap Decentered
77. Flap Dislocated
78. Flap Irregular
79. Flap Loss (free flap)
80. Flap Melt
81. Flap Microbial Pathogenic Infiltration
82. Flap Never Heals
83. Flap Striae and Wrinkles
84. Flap Subluxation
85. Flap Thick (increased ectasia risk)
86. Flap Thin
87. Flap Unfolding
88. Fluctuating Vision
89. Foreign Body Sensation
90. Foveal Reflex Reduction or Absence
91. Fungal Keratitis
92. Ganglion Cell Damage
93. GASH
94. Ghosting
95. Glare
96. Goblet Cell Damage
97. Gunk trapped in the flap - almost universal in LASIK
98. Haloes
99. Haze (especially in PRK)
100. Headache
101. Hyperopic Shift (very common in RK)
102. Hypopyon
103. Hypotony (abnormally low ocular pressure)
104. Incomplete Cut (may result in irregular astigmatism)
105. Increased Intraocular Pressure (may led to glaucoma)
106. Induced Astigmatism (regular and irregular)
107. Induced High Order Aberrations
108. Infectious Keratitis
109. Inflammation
110. Interface Debris
111. Interface Fluid
112. Interface Keratitis (infectious and non-infectious, early and late onset)
113. Irregular Astigmatism (may be induced)
114. Irregular Wound Healing
115. Irritated Eyes
116. Junk Under Flap
117. Juxtafoveal Whitish Patches
118. Keratocyte Cell Damage
119. Macular Holes
120. Macular Pucker
121. Metamorphopsia (wavy distorted vision)
122. Microperforations
123. Monocular Diplopia (double vision in one eye)
124. Muscle Spasms
125. Near Vision Loss (exacerbated by presbyopia)
126. Nerve Fiber Thinning
127. Night Vision Loss
128. Nocturnal glare
129. Oblate Cornea (unnatural shape)
130. Ocular Decompression (sudden and damaging)
131. Optic Nerve Fiber Damage
132. Optic Nerve Infarction
133. Optic Nerve Neuropathy
134. Optic Nerve Subclinical Ischemic Damage
135. Overcorrection
136. Pain (may be persistent)
137. Palebral fissures (expanding induced)
138. Parafoveal Whitish Patches
139. Photophobia (undesirable visual sensations produced by bright lights)
140. Posterior Vitrous Gel Liquification
141. Progressive Hyperopia (very common in RK patients)
142. Psychological Problems (induced or exacerbated)
143. Ptosis (droopy eyelid)
144. Quality of Life (loss of)
145. Reading Problems (exacerbated by presbyopia)
146. Recurrent Erosion
147. Redness of Eyes
148. Regression
149. Retinal Blood Barrier Impairment
150. Retinal Breaks And Holes
151. Retinal Circulation Disruption
152. Retinal Detachment
153. Retinal Hemorrhage (bleeding)
154. Retinal Ischemia
155. Retinal Mechanical Stress
156. Retinal Phlebitis
157. Retinal Venous Elevated Pressure
158. Scarring
159. Starbursts
160. Steroid Induced Glaucoma
161. Sty Formation
162. Trigeminal Neuralgia
163. Triple Vision
164. Ultraviolent Damage (cause for cataracts)
165. Undercorrection (sometimes done by choice for presbyopes)
166. Undersized Optical Zone (results in ruined night vision)
167. Uneven Pupil Sizes
168. Visual Field Defects
169. Vitreous Detachment (many floaters)
170. Wooziness (vertigo and nausea)

*Note* list may be incomplete! New complications are created by new technologies!

Possible Long Term Corneal Refractive surgery-induced Complications:

1. Difficulty Detecting Glaucoma Onset
2. Flap Can Dislodge Anytime (it never heals)
3. Increased Susceptibility To Ocular Trauma
4. Induced Contact Lens Intolerance (stuck with glasses if they even help)
5. IOL Calculation Difficulties (because of abnormal cornea)
6. Late Onset Haze
7. Long Term Permanent Dry Eyes (corneal nerve damage)
8. Pathological Ocular Changes
9. Possible Ectasia (progressive thinning and bulging of surgically weakened cornea)
10. Regression
11. Unstable Fluctuating Vision

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