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A significant percentage of people who undergo LASIK eye surgery to correct their vision may experience NEW eye problems according to a recent study.

Researchers found that, three months after the participants had LASIK surgery, more than 40 percent of them reported experiencing symptoms such as seeing glare or halos around objects, that they did not experience before undergoing the surgery.

“To our knowledge, our study is one of the few that have reported the development of new visual symptoms” after the surgery, the researchers at the Food and Drug Administration wrote in the study, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.

Overall, people’s vision did improve after the surgery, the researchers found. However, 43 percent in the naval group, and 46 percent in the civilian group, reported experiencing new symptoms, such as seeing double images, glare, halos or starbursts, three months after the surgery.

People in the study were, on average, more satisfied with the quality of their vision after the surgery than before it. However, between 1 and 4 percent of people in both groups reported some degree of dissatisfaction with their vision at three to six months after the surgery, the researchers found.

These results show that “there is no such thing as perfect surgery,” said Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who was not involved in the study. However, he noted that, based on his own experience with LASIK patients, the people who experience the symptoms reported in the study do not typically feel incapacitated by these symptoms.

People should be informed about the risk of such symptoms by their doctors before they decide whether to undergo LASIK surgery, he said.

“Laser vision correction surgery can be a wonderful procedure, but it has to be for the right patient,” he said. “It has to be for the patient who is willing to accept any of the possible side effects that sometimes can occur with LASIK, such as dry eye or eye glare or double image.”

When clients have asked me whether or not to have Lasik, I have always asked them to do their own research and due diligence. I would suggest a very experienced eye surgeon.

I wonder also, what the long term effects of LASIK are...

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