Is there light sensitivity after laser eye surgery?

If you’ve never had a surgical procedure before, hearing this might make you nervous. But if you have had one, then you know that surgeons always explain what to expect. They will inform you of the side-effects and complications.

No surgery is risk-free.

Now, if you’re considering laser eye surgery, you’re probably wondering, “What are the risks?” Before you worry too much about the risks, keep in mind that LASIK eye surgery is one of the safest surgical procedures there is.

With that said, let’s talk about some laser eye surgery side-effects, such as light sensitivity. We’ll also discuss some tips to reduce light sensitivity and what you should do if it persists more than a week after the procedure.

Laser eye surgery can have side-effects

After laser eye surgery, some patients experience discomfort. This usually lasts a day or two. Other side-effects include dry eyes, halos, ghosting, starbursts and light sensitivity.

It’s important to remember that side-effects and complications are not the same. Over time, patients can expect side-effects to go away. In comparison, more treatment may be needed for complications.

Another thing to note is that laser eye surgery complications are rare.

One tip that can help you lower your laser eye surgery risks is to choose the right surgeon. Aside from having lots of experience and a long list of satisfied patients, the surgeon you pick should know how to answer your topmost concerns. They should explain the procedure, tell you how to prepare for it and what the recovery involves. The right surgeon will know how to put your worries to rest.

Light sensitivity after laser eye surgery: Is it a side-effect or a complication?

Some patients experience sensitivity because of dry eyes or because the surgical site has become swollen causing glare and halos. If it’s the latter, don’t be alarmed. The corneal flap heals quickly, and some patients can endure sensitivity without much problem.

If you’re worried about light sensitivity, you can follow some tips. You should avoid bright lights by wearing sunglasses and avoiding screens. Especially for the last one, try not to use your phone, tablet, laptop, or TV for at least two days.

After a week, if you still feel discomfort when looking at bright lights, you may contact your doctor. You should also get in touch with your surgeon ASAP if your light sensitivity worsens. It’s better to be cautious, rather than suffer from a potential complication.

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Now that you understand what to expect after laser eye surgery, are you ready to find out if LASIK is right for you?

We invite you to book a free appointment. Here, we can talk about your vision correction goals and make recommendations. You can also check out our other posts to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about eye surgery and eye care.

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