Common LASIK Side Effects

September 10, 2012 — by Dr. Gregory Stainer
Tags: Lasik Dry Eye

Bakersfield LASIK Side EffectsNot being able to see clearly without the aid of contact lenses or eyeglasses can be frustrating. Indeed, not being able to see the time on the clock in the morning without first putting on your eyeglasses can be a constant annoyance. If you are fed up with not being able to see clearly without the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may be an ideal candidate for LASIK. The vision errors of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism may be corrected through LASIK.

LASIK has been proven to be incredibly safe and effective at eliminating the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses for millions of people. While there are common side effects associated with the LASIK procedure, for the majority of our patients, these side effects are temporary. To determine whether you are a candidate for LASIK, Bakersfield laser eye surgery specialist Gregory A. Stainer will first perform a comprehensive eye examination. During this examination, we will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure and answer any questions you might have. If it is determined that you are not an ideal candidate for LASIK surgery, we will recommend a more suitable treatment.

Common LASIK Side Effects

While most LASIK side effects will subside one to two days after surgery, it is possible to experience side effects for weeks or months after the procedure. We will take great care to minimize your risk of developing complications after surgery. We are able to customize your LASIK surgery to your individual and unique eye specifications. By doing so, we are able to significantly reduce the risk of complications.

For our patients in Bakersfield, LASIK side effects may include halos, glare, fluctuating vision, dry eye, sensitivity to light, and difficulty driving at night. Patients who experience chronic dry eye are not ideal candidates for LASIK surgery. One of the most commonly experienced side effects of LASIK is dry eye. Because of this, patients suffering from dry eye are usually not good candidates for the procedure. Dry eye can cause itchiness, fluctuating vision, blurry vision, and the feeling of something in the eye. Halos, another common side effect of LASIK, are the appearance of rings around bright lights. Another side effect is glare. Glare refers to difficulty seeing in the presence of bright light. As a result of halos and glare, patients may find it difficult to drive at night. Glare and halos can make it difficult to see clearly during periods of low light such as at nighttime or in fog. Fluctuating vision can be a result of dry eye or of the LASIK procedure itself. It is common for patients to experience fluctuating vision for the first two to three weeks after their surgery. Another side effect of LASIK surgery is sensitivity to light. It is not uncommon for patients to feel a slight twinge of pain when exposed to bright lights for the first three to five days after their surgery.

Patients may experience these side effects immediately following their LASIK surgery:

  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Itchy or burning eyes
  • The feeling of something in the eyes
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Dry eyes

Contact Southwest Eye Care and Laser

To determine whether you are an ideal candidate for LASIK or to learn more about common side effects associated with the procedure, please contact Southwest Eye Care and Laser today. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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