LASIK is a popular surgery used to correct vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. LASIK eye surgery works by reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, so that light traveling through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye.
LASIK, like any other surgery, has the potential for certain side effects. LASIK eye surgery is one of the safest, most effective and predictable types of surgery one can have today, however, patients should be aware of and fully understand potential side effects before making the decision to have LASIK.
Side effects of LASIK eye surgery may include:
Dry Eyes: Dryness in the eyes is a side effect that should be expected for any patient having LASIK. It is normal and expected for patients to experience a sensation of grittiness or a sandy feeling in the eye following the procedure. This sensation usually tends to resolve itself over the first 1-3 months. It is important to use lubricating eye drops very often after LASIK as this will help your eyes heal and minimize the dry eye symptoms.
Night Glare and Halos: Some patients may experience night glare or halos during the first month following treatment.
Light Sensitivity: Most patients are a little light sensitive right after the procedure.
Slight Discomfort: At some point in the 30-45 minutes after the procedure, your eyes will start to feel uncomfortable. This period of initial healing is the worst part of post-op LASIK recovery as far as side effects go. It only lasts a few hours.
Itchy, Scratchy Eyes: It is also common for patients to feel itchy, scratchy or foreign body sensations in the eyes for several days after LASIK. These sensations usually improve day after day. Preservative-free artificial tears help the eyes feel comfortable whenever those sensations happen. A good tip is to keep some of the artificial tears in the refrigerator, because the cooled tears are extra soothing, especially during the first few days.
For more information about LASIK eye surgery in Virginia Beach, contact Tidewater Eye Centers at 757-483-0400 or tidewatereye.com.