Temporary Side Effects after LASIK Surgery

El Paso LASIK Side Effects

Nov 25, 2014 @ 10:00 AM — by Paul S. Gulbas, M.D
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

Close-up of a woman’s blue eye after LASIK surgeryEspecially when the procedure is performed by skilled, experienced eye surgeons such as Dr. Paul Gulbas and Dr. Mark J. Gallardo, LASIK is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures in the history of medicine. Over the past decade and a half, it has allowed millions of American adults to see clearly once again, the vast majority of them without the need for their glasses or contact lenses in most scenarios. Nevertheless, as with all surgical procedures, LASIK is not without its potential risks and side effects, rare though they may be.

At El Paso Eye Surgeons, LASIK side effects are discussed in detail by Dr. Gulbas and Dr. Gallardo with their patients during consultations with patients. Our esteemed doctors provide patients with all of the information they need to make educated, confident decisions as to whether they should proceed with LASIK surgery. For most patients, the possibility of being able to bid farewell to their glasses and contact lenses is motivation enough to endure the potential side effects that accompany LASIK surgery. However, that is a very personal decision that can only be made by the individual patient, a decision that can only be made when one is armed with all the facts.

As a patient of El Paso Eye Surgeons, you can count on being provided with straightforward, honest information at every stage of your care.

Temporary Side Effects of LASIK

First, it is important to differentiate between temporary side effects and more serious complications. Serious complications from LASIK are extremely rare, especially among good candidates for the procedure. At El Paso Eye Surgeons, we carefully screen candidates to ensure that only the most qualified patients are allowed to undergo LASIK.

On the other hand, temporary side effects are not all that unusual. These are usually mild and generally subside within days, if not hours, of surgery. In some rare cases, they may last for a week or two. However, when patients closely follow the post-surgical instructions provided to them by our eye surgeons, even temporary side effects tend not to last long.

The most common temporary LASIK side effects include:

  • Dry eye: This is the most common LASIK side effect, one which can usually be controlled with eye drops and other medications. You may feel as though you have a foreign object in your eye, along with general dryness, burning, and itching. Long-term problems with dry eye are rare, as long as patients do not have chronic dry eye before they undergo LASIK.
  • Halos: Halos, or the appearance of rings around bright lights, are experienced by some patients immediately after LASIK.
  • Glare: Some patients have difficulty seeing in the presence of bright lights immediately after LASIK.
  • Difficulties driving at night: During the recovery period, some patients find night driving difficult. In rare instances, retreatment may be necessary in order to improve night vision.
  • Fluctuating vision: Some patients experience fluctuating vision for a week or two until their vision stabilizes after surgery.
  • Sensitivity to light: Patients are generally advised to wear sunglasses whenever they expect to be exposed to bright light in the first day or two after surgery. Light sensitivity is not unusual during that time.

Learn More about Side Effects after LASIK Surgery

To learn more about LASIK side effects, please contact El Paso Eye Surgeons today.