LASIK and Increased Sensitivity to Light

LASIK and Sensitivity to Light - El Paso, TX

May 24, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — by Paul S. Gulbas, M.D
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

A woman standing in front of her boyfriend as they stand beside the ocean, her eyes focused on the horizon after LASIK surgeryAlthough LASIK is one of the safest and most predictable surgical procedures in all of medicine, it is not without its risks. Every surgery entails some degree of risk, and LASIK is no exception. At El Paso Eye Surgeons, we help to minimize this risk by carefully evaluating patients prior to surgery to ensure that they are good candidates for LASIK. If they are not, we suggest that they undergo PRK or another procedure better suited to their particular case. We further minimize the risk of complication by using the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology to perform LASIK, such as the IntraLase® laser platform, which allows us to offer a completely blade-free variation of the LASIK procedure.

Truly, LASIK has never been safer. While complications are still possible, the most common side effects are minor, mild, and temporary. In the vast majority of cases, these side effects subside on their own within days, if not hours. When they do not subside on their own, they can usually be resolved through a secondary “tune-up” surgery, which is as safe as the initial surgery.

One of the most common side effects of LASIK is a temporary increased sensitivity to light. Our eye surgeons discuss the issue of LASIK and sensitivity to light during consultations at our El Paso, TX laser eye center so that patients can make informed, confident decisions about whether to proceed with surgery. Most patients find that the slight risk of temporarily increased sensitivity to light is worth the opportunity to gain complete visual independence, but this is ultimately a personal decision that can only be made by each individual patient.

Are you a suitable candidate for LASIK? To find out, please schedule your initial consultation at El Paso Eye Surgeons today.

What Causes Increased Sensitivity to Light after LASIK Surgery?

There are several potential causes of increased sensitivity to light after LASIK. These causes include:

  • Dry eye syndrome: Dry eye syndrome is an even more common side effect of LASIK than light sensitivity, and like light sensitivity, it is usually temporary. One of the symptoms of dry eye syndrome is light sensitivity. Fortunately, both dry eye and its symptoms can be managed with eye drops until they pass.
  • The corneas are adjusting to their new shape: Remember that LASIK involves the reshaping of the corneas in order to improve their focusing power. This is a lot for your eyes to get used to all at once. Increased light sensitivity can be a part of this “breaking-in” period and will resolve once the eyes become accustomed to the corneas’ new contours.
  • Corneal swelling: Sometimes the corneas experience slight swelling during the initial post-operative healing phase. As this swelling goes down, sensitivity to light tends to resolve.
  • Decayed light hypersensitivity: This is an extremely rare condition that generally occurs about a month to a month-and-a-half after LASIK surgery. Fortunately, it can be treated with eye drops.

Learn more about LASIK and Sensitivity to Light

To learn more about LASIK and sensitivity to light, please contact El Paso Eye Associates today.