Can LASIK make you go blind?

Any procedure can bring anxiety, especially if they don’t know what to expect. We frequently get a lot of questions when it comes to LASIK eye surgery. One of the most common questions is if LASIK can make you go blind.

Let’s discuss what LASIK is and what to expect before and after the procedure.

About LASIK eye surgery

LASIK is a very common surgery to correct vision problems. It’s a laser refractive procedure, and it’s fast, simple, and heals quickly.

During the surgery, we use a special laser to change the shape of your cornea to improve your vision. If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you may start considering LASIK if you want to ditch your glasses or contacts.

LASIK complications

Complications from LASIK eye surgery are rare, especially blindness. We have personally never seen anyone go blind from LASIK. There may be rare instances when a patient wasn’t screened properly, but we have never seen it or heard of it. 

After the procedure, however, you may experience mild discomfort or dry eyes. Those side effects should subside as long as you follow the proper aftercare tips. You shouldn’t experience any pain during or after the procedure. However, if you do feel severe pain or discomfort, call your eye doctor as soon as possible.

LASIK aftercare

If you are preparing to have LASIK eye surgery or recently had it done, follow these helpful aftercare tips to ensure your eye heals properly.

  • Wear sunglasses/protective eyewear
  • Get lots of rest
  • Take your eye drops as prescribed by your eye doctor
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes
  • Avoid eye makeup
  • Spend some time away from your computer screen
  • Don’t go swimming

Keep in mind that aftercare may vary depending on your eye doctor. These are just simple tips you can follow to heal accordingly.

Pre-surgery anxiety is completely normal. We want patients to feel as comfortable as possible during the entire process, which means that we at Oklahoma City Vision will be by your side to answer questions and address concerns that you may have.