Are there any side effects from LASIK?
LASIK laser vision correction is a permanent way of altering a patient’s vision so that you are much less or no longer reliant on eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly. It works by changing the shape of the front window of the eye, known as the
LASIK can be successfully used to correct vision problems including:
Myopia is the most common refractive error in patients and the number of patients suffering from the condition is increasing, something which experts attribute to the increased amount of time that we spend looking at the screens of computers and smartphones. Patients with myopia can see objects that are close quite clearly but struggle to focus on those that are far away.
Hyperopia affects around a fourth of the U.S. population. Patients with hyperopia generally find it easier to focus on things in the distance and struggle to see those that are in close proximity to their eyes, such as a magazine or the screen of their smartphone.
Patients who suffer from astigmatism have corneas which are shaped like an American football rather than a soccer ball. This means that light is focused at more than one place in the eye and blurred vision occurs.
Potential Side effects from LASIK
As with most procedures, there are some side effects that can occur as a result of LASIK laser eye surgery.
Dry eyes after LASIK
The most common side effect
Dry, scratchy eyes
Eyes that feel sore and may look a little red and swollen
A ‘stiff’ feeling when you try to move your eyes
Dry eyes after LASIK occur because there has been a temporary disruption in the production of
If eye drops are not providing sufficient relief from your symptoms, there are several other treatments that your LASIK surgeon may recommend including topical lotions and tiny plugs which can be placed into the tear ducts to prevent your tear film from draining away too quickly.
Temporary visual disturbances after LASIK
Although LASIK is designed to correct your vision, a small number of patients do experience a temporary range of visual disturbances in the first few days or weeks after their laser eye surgery. These tend to occur primarily at night when glare from other lights, halos around bright lights or double vision may
Potential Complications from LASIK
Fortunately, complications from LASIK are very rare and the risks of experiencing any issues after your LASIK laser eye surgery
Every patient will have their suitability for LASIK assessed on an individual basis. If you are found to have certain conditions that could make the outcome of your surgery less predictable or put you at increased risk of complications, you may not be a good candidate for the procedure.
Our experienced eye doctor, Dr. Ahdoot, is committed to enhancing the vision of his patients through superior ophthalmic care. If you would like to arrange a consultation to discuss whether you are a suitable candidate for LASIK laser eye surgery, please get in touch with our office in Sunnyside, Queens, NY today.