LASIK Side Effects

April 24, 2011 — by Dan Zimmer
Tags: Lasik Refractive Surgery Side Effects

LASIK is a safe and effective for patients who are looking to address vision issues such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. That said, however, LASIK does have a few side effects that patients should be aware of. Some of these side effects will last for a while but will diminish as the eye adjusts to the refractive surgery. Patients who visit our Pittsburgh area LASIK surgery center will be given all the information necessary about the potential side effects of LASIK. We’d like to cover those side effects in brief right now, however.

One of the more common side effects of LASIK surgery is dry eye. Many patients may notice that their eyes are prone to feeling dry, itchy, or irritated after LASIK surgery. (For this reason, prospective patients who have issues with dry eye prior to LASIK surgery will not be good candidates for the surgery.) This dry eye will usually diminish after two or three months for most patients, and it can be addressed effectively with eye drops.

In the first month or so after LASIK surgery, patients may notice that lights give off halos, extra glare, or starbursts. This is normal and is a result of the flap in the cornea not adhering to the eye properly after surgery. Once the eye has healed, this should no longer be a problem.

Following LASIK surgery, many patients may notices issues with light sensitivity as well. In most cases, this acute sensitivity to light is most noticeable in the first few days after LASIK surgery. It’s a good idea to wear sunglasses during the initial week after LASIK until your eyes adjust. After this initial period, you shouldn’t be sensitive to light.

Some patients will notice a different issue with light following LASIK surgery: lowered contrast sensitivity. In this situation, it may be hard for a LASIK patient to see clearly in low light conditions or in places with dim lighting. This can last up to six months, but contrast sensitivity should return gradually during that time.

If you would like more information about LASIK surgery, Pittsburgh PRK, or other refractive surgery issues, it’s important that you contact our Cranberry Township LASIK center today. We look forward to answering your questions in greater detail.