The Downside of Lasik’s Side Effects
Lasik surgery has become a common choice for refractive correction
for people with medium to minor vision defects problems and wishes
to improve their vision. Generally, Lasik patients profess very
good results. Even as Lasik presents very short recovery and healing
period, would-be patients should also be cognizant of its various
side effects before having the surgery. Lasik surgery has done a
lot of people a lot of good. However, Lasik is not a hundred percent
flawless and may present some unfavorable side effects.
Surgeons performing the Lasik procedure believe that educating
the patient before the surgery is a crucial phase of the procedure.
Information on all possible side effects should be part of the education
process. Generally, Lasik surgery patients experience very minor
to medium complications lasting only for several hours to a few
of days at most. However, for others, the side effects can stay
on for months. It is imperative for the patient to know and understand
all the probable complications that could occur.
The lesser complications that have been experienced by most patients
after surgery includes blurred vision, sensitivity to light and
dry eye. Generally, these side effects do not last for long or just
last till the eye gets well. Patients might be advised to reduce
night driving as blurred vision and night glares (appearance of
halos around lighted objects) are common side effects.
Wearing good quality sunglasses are also advised when going out
under strong sunlight to reduce light sensitivity. Prescriptions
are given to address the dry eye syndrome. Additionally, patients
will be prescribed to use eye shields when sleeping to protect it
from being scratched or damaged right after the surgery. Leaving
the eye alone for the meantime will hasten healing and diminish
On the other hand, there might side effects that can be very severe,
extending for more than a few days. Severe side effects may include
vision regression where the vision becomes worse or lost, poor vision
in dim lights, eye infection and having severe dry eye syndrome.
If this happens, a second surgery or “touch up” surgery
might be necessary. Your doctor should completely discuss the benefits
as well as the risks involved before consenting to the surgery.
Generally, infection is most common complication experienced after
Lasik surgery is infection. Paying attention to the fundamental
instructions from your surgeon can diminish the incidence of infection.
Generally, the patients are instructed not to put on any cosmetics
or use facial creams or lotions for not less than three days before
the surgery. These products may have ingredients that can contaminate
the eye and cause infection. Hence, most Lasik surgeons will call
off the procedure if they learn that the patient has applied any
kind of cosmetic on their face on the date of the operations.
Occasionally, the initial surgery does not yield acceptable results
and have to resort to another Lasik procedure several months after
the first procedure. These are called “enhancement surgeries”
or “touch ups”. If the vision is “undercorrected”,
a second surgery is necessary. On the other hand, if the vision
is “overcorrected”, the patient will be required to
wear special glasses or contacts for sometime after the first surgery.
If a second procedure has to be done, the surgeon will have to wait
for at least three to six months, after which, the recovery process
is strictly monitored.
Lost of Vision or Reduced
Vision: These are very uncommon occurrences experienced
after the surgery, where patients go through loss of vision or reduced
vision. A small three percent among all the Lasik patients have
reported this side effect. Generally, these situations have a way
of correcting by themselves, albeit after a few months.
Diminished low-light vision:
This side effect is quite a common occurrence. This can also be
naturally corrected after sometime. Right after surgery, patients
complain of seeing “halos” surrounding lights in the
evening. Generally, patients give accounts of this condition from
three to four days from surgery. Exceptional cases of this side
effect last for as long as six months before vision finally clears.
Severe dry eye:
This is another usual complication of Lasik surgery that makes the
patient feel that their eye seems so dry and requires more moisture.
People regularly suffering from dry eye are not good candidates
for Lasik. For some people their eye could remain dry for several
days and sometimes even months after the Lasik procedure. To correct
this condition, eye drops are administered to the patient.