Eydelman M, Hilmantel G, Tarver ME, Hofmeister EM, May J, Hammel K, Hays RD, Ferris F. Symptoms and Satisfaction of Patients in the Patient-Reported Outcomes With Laser In Situ Keratomileusis (PROWL) Studies. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online November 23, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.4587
Last week a new paper was published in a well respected, peer reviewed journal (see citation above). The results confirm a number of other studies about what LASIK causes. Dry eye and glare!
Is it terrible? no, usually not, can it be bad? Yes! The article recommends counselling so the person undergoing the laser vision correction will understand the possibilities of these issues occurring after the procedure.
This is an interesting mix of patients, from the military and civilian side of life in the USA. The military has been supplying Laser Vision Correction to enlisted personnel and officers at no charge for many years. From my understanding, many of the military personnel opt for the PRK procedure because the get 3 days off active duty to recuperate, as opposed to LASIK, where they only get one day off.
Almost 575 people took the survey between 2011 and 2014. About 44% of patients had significant symptoms after the procedure, only 28% had significant symptoms after 3 months. Importantly, only 1% expressed dissatisfaction with the procedure.