Is LASIK or laser for vision correction safe?

The rate of success in LASIK is unprecedented as a surgical procedure.

In the right hands, with a properly selected patient, and using the best equipment…LASIK is extremely safe and highly effective as has been shown in hundreds of peer-reviewed studies across the world. 99% of people surveyed in the long term PROWL study were very happy with their results. This does not mean, however, that LASIK is totally risk-free -even in the very best selected of cases.

Every few years a story will bubble up in the media questioning this. But, while these should never be minimized or dismissed, they are more akin to the proverbially "man bites dog" story that makes an event newsworthy.

_Written by J. Trevor Woodhams, M.D. - Chief of Surgery, Woodhams Eye Clinic