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Complications resulting from PRK eye surgery are relatively rare, making the procedure fairly safe. However, as with any type of procedure, patients should be aware that there is the potential for complications. Some of the complications which may result from PRK surgery include infection, corneal hazing and the development of astigmatism. Patients considering the procedure should discuss the risks associated with the procedure with their surgeon before making the decision to undergo the procedure.
Patients should also consider the risks involved in conjunction with statistics regarding the results of this procedure. Based on this information, patients can determine whether or not the potential for success is greater than the risk of complications. 65 percent to 70 percent of patients who fall within the ideal range for the procedure obtain visual acuity of 20/20 or better while 90 percent to 95 percent of the same group obtain visual acuity of 20/40 or better.