What are the potential side effects of LASIK?

Some patients have discomfort in the first 24-48 hours after surgery. Other side effects, although rare and usually temporary, may include:

  • Glare
  • Seeing halos around images
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Changing vision
  • Dry eyes

What should I expect after LASIK surgery?

Healing after LASIK usually occurs very rapidly. Most patients notice improved vision within a day after LASIK. However, your vision may be blurry and hazy for the first day. You should plan to have someone drive you home after LASIK.

Your eyes will be dry even though they do not feel that way. Your doctor will give you prescription eye drops to prevent infection and keep your eyes moist. These drops may cause a temporary slight burn or blurring of your vision when you use them. Do not use any drops that have not approved by your ophthalmologist.

Specific follow-up after the surgery varies from one surgeon to another. You will go back to the doctor for an evaluation 24 to 48 hours after LASIK, as well as at certain times in the first year after surgery.

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