Sensitivity to Light After LASIK

Sensitivity to Light after LASIK - Hudson Valley

Jun 6, 2015 @ 07:51 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Side Effects | Light Sensitivity |

A woman's eye highlighted by a laser frameThe team here at Palisades Laser Eye Center is proud to help patients in and around the Hudson Valley. We offer state-of-the-art custom LASIK surgery, which helps eliminate a patient's dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

As with any surgery, there are a few side effects that are associated with LASIK. Let's take a moment right now to consider these matters with regard to light sensitivity.

How LASIK Is Performed

During LASIK surgery, a flap is created in the topmost layer of the cornea, which is known as the epithelium. The flap is lifted and a laser is used to reshape the cornea, improving the passage of light through the eyes so that it focuses properly on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue located in the back of the eyes.

Why Light Sensitivity Is Affected

As patients heal from LASIK, their eyes will need to make a number of adjustments to the way that light is received and interpreted. While healing, a patient's eyes will be acutely sensitive to bright or harsh lights. Issues with contrast sensitivity are also common following LASIK. These matters will become less noticeable as patients move forward in the healing process.

Common Light Sensitivity Issues

Some common issues with light sensitivity that LASIK patients experience include:

  • Acute sensitivity to bright lights and sunlight
  • Poor night vision
  • Poor contrast sensitivity
  • Glare
  • Halos
  • Starbursts

How long will these problems last?

Generally, issues with light sensitivity will last for several days and will resolve as healing continues. Problems with glare, halos, and starbursts will typically last a bit longer, usually around a week or so, with noticeable improvements as patients continue to recover from surgery.

Night vision problems will typically last the longest. Generally, night vision will remain affected for a few weeks, though significant improvements should be noticeable as the healing process continues.

As you recover, be sure to attend all follow-up visits with your LASIK surgeon. This will allow you to have your healing progress monitored and ask any questions you may have related to the recovery process.

Tips for Dealing with Light Sensitivity After LASIK

When it comes to dealing with light sensitivity, it's a good idea for patients to avoid harsh lights. When outdoors wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim is a great idea, protecting your eyes from direct exposure to sunlight.

To address night vision issues, patients should try to avoid driving at night whenever possible. Getting rides from loved ones or co-workers is a good option for staying safe while your eyes heal. Thanks to advanced custom LASIK technology and digital scanning, night vision issues tend to be less pronounced with patients, particularly as the healing process progresses.

Learn More About LASIK and If It's Ideal for You

If you would like more information about LASIK and how it can help you experience excellent vision without the need for glasses and contact lenses, be sure to contact our laser vision correction center today. The team here at Palisades Laser Eye Center looks forward to your visit and helping you see better without glasses or contact lenses.