Pop Magazine

Eye surgery and risks

2 February 2017
Risques Operation des Yeux

Today, the risks associated with eye operations are very low. This is due to an improvement of operating techniques as well as from a better selection of the candidates for the operation. In fact, prior to any eye operation, a very detailed preoperative consultation will help determine the eligibility of a patient for ocular surgery. Any patient with an eye disease that may adversely affect the outcome of the operation as well as the recovery of visual acuity is declared ineligible.


However, any surgery will have risks associated with it, as zero risk does not exist. Similarly, complications and adverse reactions may occur after the operation or the expected results may not be fully achieved. Since most patients undergoing eye surgery may be satisfied with glasses or contact lenses, it is essential for them that the risks associated with eye surgery are minimal.


Because every patient has the right to know of any and all risks there might be with eye surgery. Clinics Michel Pop answer your questions.

Cliniques Michel Pop explain the risks associated with eye operations

What are the types of risks that patients face during eye surgery?

Risks include inadequate correction, decreased visual acuity, transient light sensitivity (TLS), glare, halos, corneal opacity, inadequate flap cutting and dryness.

Does the patient’s age / sex influence the success / failure of the operation?

Neither age nor gender influences the chances of success / failure of the operation.

Is it possible to have loss of vision because of a laser operation?

Although extremely rare, an infection is a serious complication that can result in a significant loss of vision. Having said that, it is more likely/risky to lose sight from wearing contact lenses than with laser surgery.

Do you have any figures on the probability of success / failure of an operation?

Here at Cliniques Michel Pop, the patient satisfaction rate is 99%.

What happens if the patient moves when the laser touches the eye?

In the past, lasers were not equipped with motion detectors, but new technologies allow the laser follow the movement of the eye precisely during the surgery.

In case of non-optimal correction, is it possible to have a second operation?

Yes, all depending on the initial ocular condition and the residual corneal thickness.

How many years have you been practicing different types of laser surgeries?

Dr. Michel Pop has been practicing this type of vision correction for over 25 years. As a pioneer, he has great expertise in this field and his skills are recognized in Quebec, Canada and elsewhere in the world.

Eye surgery and risks: What to remember?

–        The risks associated with eye operations are not zero but they are very low;

–        It is more risky to lose sight from wearing contact lenses than with laser surgery;

–        In the vast majority of cases of complications, patients have to wear glasses or be operated a second time;

–        The patient satisfaction rate of Cliniques Michel Pop is 99%.


To determine your eligibility for eye surgery, make an appointment for free with Cliniques Michel Pop here.