More and more patients have been asking eye care professionals about the effectiveness of LASIK surgery. Already, millions around the world have benefited from this laser vision correction treatment which reduces a person’s dependence on prescription lenses such as glasses and contacts.
The team at our eye surgery center would like to look at LASIK in brief detail and then focus on the side effects that patients experience as they heal.
What is LASIK surgery?
LASIK surgery is a refractive procedure that uses safe laser technology to reshape a person’s corneas. By doing so, light passes through the eyes properly and focuses on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eyes that is essential or proper vision.
How common and serious are LASIK side effects?
Since LASIK is a surgery, side effects are as common as they are in other surgical procedures. Side effects are really just your body’s response to changes, and they are a natural part of the healing and recuperation process.
With all that in mind, we’re happy to say that the side effects of LASIK surgery are generally mild, though they can cause some annoyances and vision changes until you achieve total wellness.
Most Common Side Effects Experienced After LASIK
The most common side effects that people experience after LASIK surgery are as follows:
- Dry eye
- Blurry vision
- Poor night vision
- Sensitivity to light
How long will LASIK side effects last?
This can vary from patient to patient, so there’s really no one right response for this. Generally the side effects of LASIK are most noticeable in the first weeks after surgery, diminishing steadily with time as a patient fully recovers.
Ways to Deal with LASIK Side Effects
Your laser eye surgeon will provide you with detailed information on how to deal with potential side effects. In general, we can recommend the following:
- Avoid bright lights
- Wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim when outdoors
- Carry liquid tears at all times
- Avoid smoky, dry, dusty environments
- Refrain from smoking
- Be cautious when driving at night
- Have someone drive you at night if you have severe night vision issues
Stay in Touch with Your LASIK Specialist
One of the best resources that a patient has following LASIK surgery is access to their surgeon and the team at the surgeon’s practice. Patients will visit their eye surgeon for follow-up visits to monitor the healing process. In addition to that, however, patients should feel free to contact their LASIK specialist as they heal in order to express concerns or ask questions. This open flow of communication proves an important part of the healing process and provides much needed peace of mind.
Schedule a Consultation for LASIK Eye Surgery
If you would like to learn more about LASIK surgery and how it can be of great benefit to you, it’s important that you contact our Jacksonville laser vision correction center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent vision, freeing you from the need for traditional corrective lenses.