There are no exact figures for how many people have corrective eye surgery in Sweden, but recent estimates from the Swedish Eye Doctor Organisation claim that about 20,000 Swedes undergo the surgery every year. Despite the high number, local councils and doctors now argue that few patients ever get to hear about possible side effects from the procedure.
"My impression is that doctors rarely go through the risks with the patients. Corrective eye surgery is a commercial business where the patient pays the clinic for the surgery. And the clinics want to make as much money as possible," said Magnus Gjötterberg, former head of the Eye Unit at St Görans Hospital in Stockholm.
According to the national health service helpline roughly 10 percent of those who undergo corrective eye surgery have side effects ranging from lowered night vision to short or farsightedness.