Dr. Jerry Maida has proudly served patients in and around the greater Jacksonville area using the latest laser eye surgery treatments such as LASIK, a refractive surgery that enhances vision and reduces dependence on corrective lenses.
It’s important that patients understand all side effects they will face following LASIK to improve the surgical experience. One of these side effects is glare, which we’d like to consider in more detail right now.
How common is glare after LASIK surgery?
Glare is one of the most common side effects after LASIK surgery. So with that in mind, it’s very normal and just a natural part of the healing process. Thankfully, LASIK patients will only experience issues with glare for a limited amount of time while they make a full recovery from the procedure.
Why does glare occur after LASIK surgery?
During LASIK surgery, the topmost part of the cornea is cut to create a flap. It is through this corneal flap that a laser is used to reshape the cornea and improve the passage of light through the eyes.
As patients recover, their eyes will be particularly sensitive to light for a variety of reasons. As they heal, they will notice changes in they way light and bright colors appear, and may have issues with contrast sensitivity as well. Once the cornea has fully healed, the patient will be less likely to experience glare.
How long will the glare last?
In most patients, the issues with glare after LASIK will be most pronounced in the first week or so after surgery, gradually reducing as the weeks go on. The issues with glare may last for a few months, though as patients get further out from LASIK surgery and continue recovering, the glare will be less pronounced than it was initially.
What can I do to reduce the severity of glare?
First things first, it’s important that you follow all pre-operative instructions leading into LASIK. By following these instructions, you will be able to reduce the duration and severity of glare experienced after surgery. In essence, pre-op instructions are the first step to a speedy recovery.
It’s also important that you get a lot of rest in the first day or so after LASIK has been performed. Try to avoid activities that will strain or fatigue your eyes, such as reading, watching television, or using your smartphone or computer.
When outdoors, it’s important that you protect your eyes from the sun. This means wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim. This will help your eyes avoid discomfort from light sensitivity and will cut down on glare in the process.
Speak with Your LASIK Surgeon If You Have Serious Concerns
You will visit your LASIK surgeon several times in the weeks and months ahead for follow-up care. These visits will allow your surgeon to monitor your progress as you heal and ensure your vision is its very best.
If you experience any kinds of serious issues as you heal, do not hesitate to contact the practice with your concerns as soon as possible. Getting concerns addressed in a timely manner will help prevent complications and improve the healing process.
Schedule a Consultation at Dr. Jerry Maida
For more information about the side effects of LASIK and what you can do to reduce the severity of these side effects, we encourage you to contact our laser vision correction and eye care center today. At Maida Custom Vision, we will be sure to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns.