LASIK Side Effects 

Undergoing any surgical procedure involves a risk of side effects. Dr. Michael Mazaheri minimizes the risks of LASIK surgery through a flapless technique that he personally developed. This approach is a refinement of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) surgery that Dr. Mazaheri has undergone himself. Without the need to create a corneal flap, this technique significantly reduces your risk of traditional LASIK side effects and complications such as infection and flap dislocation. When undergoing laser vision correction at The M Lasik Center in Dallas, TX, you can expect to receive advanced, high-quality treatment with minimal side effects.

Dr. Michael Mazaheri performs surgery
Dr. Michael Mazaheri developed a flapless LASIK technique that can minimize side effects.

Common Side Effects 

With both traditional and flapless LASIK, there are common side effects that can occur, such as:

  • Dry eye
  • Halos and glares
  • Itching
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Slight discomfort

Discomfort should resolve within a few weeks of surgery. About 30 percent of patients experience dry eyes within the first three months following the procedure. In some cases, halos and glare may last as long as one year. Before your treatment, we will provide detailed information about what to expect so you can be aware of any symptoms that may require urgent attention. Dr. Mazaheri will also monitor your recovery to identify any signs of complications and ensure proper healing. 

Risks of Traditional LASIK 

Creating the corneal flap during a traditional LASIK procedure places you at risk of a variety of side effects and potentially serious complications including:

  • Development of wrinkles within the tissue that can decrease visual clarity 
  • Tears or holes in the center of the corneal flap
  • Flap dislocation
  • Epithelial ingrowth, which can lead to blurred vision and discomfort

Corneal flap complications are rare and can often be corrected with additional surgeries. However, in some cases, they can have lasting negative effects on your ocular health. The surest way to achieve a successful outcome through any kind of refractive surgery is to choose a reputable and experienced surgeon.

Reduced Risks of Flapless LASIK 

Instead of creating a flap, Dr. Mazaheri uses a small brush-like tool to access the stroma, or center layer of the cornea. He invested a significant amount of time and effort to develop his flapless LASIK technique to completely avoid the many of the complications associated with traditional LASIK. 

This technique can minimize the risk of developing dry eye syndrome. It also preserves more of the corneal structure. Maintaining substantial corneal tissue can be beneficial if you need to undergo a future laser vision correction procedure, which many patients undergo in order to address age-related changes in their vision.

The flapless LASIK technique significantly reduces your risk of traditional LASIK side effects and complications.

Historically, many patients with active careers have had to avoid undergoing LASIK due to a risk of dislodging the corneal flap. Flapless LASIK allows many patients, including military personnel, athletes, and pilots, to undergo laser vision correction. 

Contact Us Today

If you are considering laser vision correction, contact us online or call us at (972) 235-5274 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mazaheri. He can further educate you about the benefits and potential risks of his flapless LASIK technique and help determine if this procedure is right for you. 


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Dr. Mazaheri did such an outstanding laser surgery on my eyes that I referred four other members of my family. We are all extremely happy with our results.

David S. Alkek, M.D.

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North Dallas - Richardson Office

670 W Campbell Rd
Ste 100
Richardson, TX 75080

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1920 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

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7500 Windrose Ave
Plano, TX 75024

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6136 Frisco Square Blvd
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Frisco, TX 75034

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