Contoura LASIK is a type of laser vision correction surgery that uses a 3D map of your cornea to create a personalized treatment plan. This makes it a good option for people with corneal irregularities or other conditions that may not be suitable for traditional LASIK surgery.
Like any surgery, Contoura LASIK carries some risks and side effects. These include:
- Dry eye: Dry eye is the most common side effect of Contoura LASIK. It usually resolves within a few weeks or months of surgery.
- Glare: Glare is another common side effect of Contoura LASIK. It usually improves within a few weeks or months of surgery.
- Undercorrection or overcorrection: Undercorrection or overcorrection can occur if the laser is not programmed correctly. This can usually be corrected with a second laser surgery.
- Infection: Infection is a rare but serious complication of any surgery.
- Bleeding: Bleeding is another rare but serious complication of any surgery.
- Scarring: Scarring can occur if the cornea is not properly healed. This can lead to vision problems.
- Flap dislocation: Flap dislocation can occur if the flap created during surgery is not properly secured. This can require additional surgery to correct.
In addition to the risks listed above, Contoura LASIK is also associated with a small risk of other side effects, such as:
- Halos: Halos are rings of light that can appear around lights at night.
- Starbursts: Starbursts are bursts of light that can appear around lights at night.
- Double vision: Double vision is a condition in which you see two images of the same object.
- Ghosting: Ghosting is a condition in which you see a faint image of an object after you have looked away from it.
- Reduced night vision: Reduced night vision is a condition in which you have difficulty seeing in low light conditions.
Most of the side effects of Contoura LASIK are temporary and resolve on their own within a few weeks or months of surgery. However, some side effects, such as dry eye, glare, and halos, may persist in some patients.
It is important to discuss the risks and side effects of Contoura LASIK with your doctor before deciding whether or not to have the surgery.