Patients can trust the team at the Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey. Serving the greater West Orange area, we offer patients the lastest in LASIK surgery, always with a focus on enhanced safety and improved vision quality.
Sometimes complications after surgery may occur. It’s helpful for patients to understand what these may involve and how they can be treated. With that in mind, let’s go over the basics of flap complications and how we can prevent them and address them.
To understand flap complications, it’s important to first understand how LASIK is performing.
During LASIK, a small flap is created in the epithelium, which is the topmost layer of the cornea. The flap is lifted up and the shape of the cornea is adjusted via laser. The flap is then set down so patients can heal.
A flap complication refers to various problems that may occur related to the creation of the epithelial flap or issues with the flap after it has been set down to heal.
Flap complications can lead to vision problems as well as serious pain and discomfort.
Some common kinds of flap complications include the following listed below:
Flap complications are thankfully not terribly common. Though they may occur in a few instances, they tend to be rare for most patients who undergo LASIK surgery.
When a flap complication occurs, a secondary or corrective procedure is often performed in order to revise the flap and improve its shape and overall quality. This improves vision and can also prevent serious issues with inflammation and discomfort.
Patients can prevent flap complications from occurring by following their pre-op and post-op surgical instructions to the letter. These instructions are designed to ensure optimal healing and prevent major problems.
LASIK surgeons can prevent flap complications from occurring by carefully planning each procedure, using advanced techniques and technologies to enhance safety and minimize potential complications, and performing the surgeries themselves with the utmost care.
For more information about treating and preventing flap complications and how we can help you see clearly again, be sure to contact our advanced eye care and laser vision correction center today. The team at the Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey is here to help you make the best choices possible with regard to eye care.