Though a patient needs to be informed about the risks and the benefits, the effectiveness, the safety and the stability of proposed surgical treatment, all manner of risks cannot be contemplated. At your consultation you will be informed about the time scale of the process. All refractive surgical procedures are designed to minimise your refractive error. That is to say that glasses of some description may still be necessary after surgery to provide the sharpest image of which the eye or eyes are capable. However, reducing reliance on visual aids such as glasses and contact lenses is the object of the exercise.
Refractive surgery is only contemplated on eyes and in patients with no other medical problems. Your family doctor will be kept fully informed of your treatment. When considering refractive surgery, you should bear in mind that any surgical procedure carries risks which must be taken into account alongside the potential benefits. No absolute guarantees can be given to any patient by any surgeon regarding outcome. Surgical treatment is carried out with the expectation of success by both patient and surgeon. Both parties must realise that surgery of any sort may require adjustment as well as possible management of minor or major complications.