Understanding and Minimizing LASIK Side Effects
Suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism can be frustrating. Most people would prefer to enjoy clearer, sharper vision without visual aids like glasses or contact lenses. At Maple Eye and Laser Center, our experienced ophthalmologists offer LASIK, or laser in situ keratomileusis surgery, to efficiently correct refractive errors for enhanced vision. While this popular surgery is highly effective and very safe, it does carry certain risks. Read on to learn more about LASIK side effects and what we do to minimize them at our White Plains ophthalmological practice.
What Happens during LASIK?Before your procedure, Dr. Kornstein will assess your candidacy by examining your eyes, reviewing your medical records, and discussing your concerns. If you decide to proceed with this surgery, we will begin by using wavefront technology to create a model of your unique eye. On the day of your LASIK surgery, Dr. Kornstein will transmit this information to our computerized system to perform your customized procedure. He will begin by incising a circular corneal flap, which he will open to access the underlying tissue. Dr. Kornstein will then modify your corneal stroma with our excimer laser to improve its shape and enhance your vision. Finally, he will place the flap back over your eye, where it will eventually heal back into place. LASIK typically takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Common LASIK Side EffectsAs your eye heals and adapts to LASIK, you may experience certain side effects, including:
- Numbness. Your eye may feel numb for several hours following LASIK due to the topical anesthesia used.
- Grogginess or fatigue. As your body accommodates to the surgery, you may feel tired or disoriented. These side effects may be worse if you opted for sedation or anesthesia (which most patients do not require).
- Glare, starbursts, halos, or other light sensitivity issues.
- Poor night vision.
- Dry eyes (if you suffer from dry eyes before LASIK, Dr. Kornstein may recommend treating this condition before undergoing LASIK, since this procedure can exacerbate dryness).
- Fluctuating optometric prescriptions, since it may take several months for your eyes to adjust to their new shape.
- Reduced contrast sensitivity.
- Corneal flap complications, if your tissue does not heal appropriately.
- Loss of best-corrected vision. In certain rare cases, your post-LASIK eyesight may not be as sharp as your vision was with aids such as glasses or contact lenses. It is also possible for LASIK to over- or undercorrect your eyesight, which could necessitate revision surgery.