Q: Is Lasik Safe or Dangerous?

There are numerous cases of corneal ectasia happening after Lasik. How can a procedure like Lasik be safe if it induces corneal ectasia years after Lasik surgery? What are the risk factors?

A: The risk factors for corneal ectasia include thin cornea, high myopia, irregularly shaped cornea, and certain systemic and ocular diseases.

LASIK is generally considered a very safe surgery. Some might argue that the one time procedure is safer than a lifetime of contact lenses. Certainly glasses would be the safest option but people who seek LASIK want the freedom and convenience that LASIK provides.