What Are the Side Effects of Lasik Eye Surgery?

If you are considering LASIK surgery, you may be thinking about possible side effects. At Campus Eye Group, we understand that most people consider this before scheduling a procedure. It’s always good to ask about side effects so that you are more knowledgeable about the procedure and comfortable before undergoing it.

The reality is that LASIK is a surgical procedure. All surgeries have pros and cons which need to be considered. First of all, it’s very important to discuss your concerns with your doctor before any surgery.

LASIK is considered to be elective. This is because patients can wear glasses and contacts to achieve the same visual results. While glasses can cause abrasions on your face and ears where the frames rest and contacts can cause eye irritation, the benefits of these items definitely outweigh the risks. This is also true of LASIK.

What Are Some Common Side Effects of LASIK?

1. Sensitivity to light is the most common side effect. Right after the procedure, most patients report some light sensitivity. This can last for a few days after the surgery, so patients are usually given sunglasses to wear home after the surgery.

2. Eye discomfort is also another commonly reported side effect. Usually, about an hour after surgery, your eyes will feel a bit uncomfortable. Gradually this discomfort may begin to feel like an itchy sensation. Using chilled eye drops can help to decrease these sensations, which last for a few days.

3. Dry eyes are another common side effect. LASIK surgery affects the way that the eyes produce tears to keep the eye moist. One way to counteract this side effect is to use artificial tears.

4. Halos and blurry vision are also common. For most patients, their vision is not completely perfect immediately following surgery. Some blurry vision and visual disturbances, like halos, are perfectly normal. According to patients, the halos happen most often at night time in the days following the surgery. As your eyes heal, this side effect will subside.

Follow-up After Surgery

Due to these side effects, it’s important to go to all post-operative appointments. Your first appointment will be the day after the surgery. The second post-operative appointment will happen about a week after the surgery. It’s also important to follow any advice given by your doctor which may include using eye drops.

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The majority of LASIK patients find that these side effects are not at all bothersome. However, it is always important to be educated about what you can expect following your procedure. For more information on side effects, LASIK surgery, or to see if you might be a good candidate for the procedure, talk to our friendly staff at Campus Eye Group in New Jersey.

Work & Activity Schedule After LASIK Surgery

There are some standard recommendations and wait times on certain activities that you can use as a guide to understanding what to expect with work and activity restrictions following your LASIK procedure.

Operating A Vehicle

You will need someone to drive you home after your LASIK procedure. You will NOT need someone to drive you to the postoperative checkup scheduled the day after your LASIK procedure.

During your postoperative visit, the vision will be checked. Then, one of the doctors will look with the slit lamp to make sure you are healing the way you are supposed to.

Bathing And Showering

You’ll be able to bathe or shower the day after surgery. Take precautions not to get soap or water in your eyes for at least a week to follow.

Swimming

Freshwater carries the risk of infection, and chlorine and salt pool water carry the risk of eye irritation. Spas and hot tubs are also not friendly for healing after LASIK because bacteria thrives in hot water environments. You’ll want to avoid these water activities for at least 2 weeks.

Applying Eye Makeup

To avoid irritating your eyes, it’s ideal to wait about seven days postoperative to resume wearing eye makeup. While you wait, take the opportunity to replace all your old mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, primers, and open-jar creams. With use, makeup can harbor microorganisms that can cause bacterial eye infections. Replacing all old eye makeup and open-jar facial lotions reduces the risk of infecting your healing eyes with contaminated products.

Exercise

Wait a few days postoperative to resume your normal exercise routine. As your eyes continue to heal over the next two to six weeks, you’ll want to take precautions to keep sweat from running into your eyes. Keep a towel nearby and invest in a good sweatband for your head.

Return To Work

You may go back to work as soon as the next day after LASIK. If you work in an unclean, dusty, dirty, or outdoor environment, your LASIK surgeon may recommend more time off.

Right after LASIK procedure, your eyes may feel a little dry, especially if you spend most of your workday behind a computer screen, driving, reading paperwork, or otherwise visually focused. You’ll want to use artificial tears over the next few weeks to reduce the dryness, and remember not to rub your eyes for at least two weeks postoperative.

Schedule A LASIK Consult For Detailed Information

Of course, these are general guidelines on what activity and work restrictions may follow LASIK. During your initial LASIK consultation, the LASIK team can provide a more comprehensive and individualized list of information on what activity and guidelines will accompany your LASIK procedure. Contact Campus Eye Group today for a consultation with one of our LASIK experts.

What is LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK has become a top treatment to fix vision issues. More than 10 million Americans have fixed their sight with LASIK since it was approved by the FDA in 1999. With more than 700,000 surgeries completed each year. It is one of the more popular surgeries in the country. Most patients have very high satisfaction ratings, and overall, almost 99% of patients heal to 20/20 vision. Almost 50% will have better than 20/20 vision.

What is Laser Vision Correction

People who wear contacts or glasses often hear about the benefits of LASIK surgery to correct their eyes. There are two main types of surgery, including LASIK and PRK. The surgeries were created to eliminate the need for glasses or contacts and return the vision to 20/20.

Who is a good candidate for LASIK?

People who are nearsighted, farsighted, or/and have astigmatism can have LASIK surgery. You might be eligible for LASIK surgery if you have good overall eye health. It is not recommended for people who have a cornea disorder called keratoconus.

You Might Need Glasses After Surgery

Despite the high success rate, this operation does not guarantee that patients will be able to get rid of glasses for the rest of their lives. Reading very small print or driving at night may still require glasses.

How Does LASIK Work?

LASIK works by re-sculpting the cornea. The cornea is the rounded, clear surface of the eye, which helps focus the light as it enters the eye. The surgeon will create a very thin flap on the cornea with a laser. Then he uses a different laser to reshape the cornea to the ideal shape discussed in your pre-operation eye exam. The corneal flap is then returned back into its original place.

What is PRK?

PRK is a different procedure than LASIK, which might be a better option for people who have some pre-existing eye conditions like very thin corneas. The recovery time for PRK is a little longer than LASIK – about 3-5 days. It is also not as comfortable as LASIK, but the final outcome for both procedures should be the same.

Lens Implants

If you are not eligible for laser surgery because you have too strong of a prescription, you might be eligible for implantable lenses. They focus on treating nearsighted people or those who have astigmatism. The lenses are created from plastic or silicone and are surgically placed inside the eye.

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If you are considering LASIK surgery, you should contact one of the centers that specialize in that. Campus Eye Group became one of the leading interdisciplinary eye care practice in 1981 when it was founded in New Jersey.

Should I Get LASIK Eye Surgery?

Do you suffer from poor eyesight? If so, you’ve probably considered your options outside of wearing glasses or contact lenses every day. One extremely effective and popular option is LASIK eye surgery. If you’re looking at long term correction so you don’t need to worry about lenses anymore, then LASIK can help. Here’s a guide to help your decision-making process.

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK is a laser eye surgery that aims to permanently improve the shape of the cornea in the eye. Patients usually don’t need to wear glasses or contact lenses for many years after. LASIK has been safely used for many years and has a history of effective results and safety.

Who Is A Candidate For This Surgery?

It’s important to know that there are some people who are better candidates for this procedure than others. During the procedure, a flap is created in the cornea using the laser system to gain access to the lower layers of the cornea. If the cornea is not thick enough, you run the risk of damage to the other important areas of the eye.

Can I have LASIK more than once?

LASIK cannot prevent the eyes from continuing to change over the course of your life. Your ophthalmologist can determine whether you can benefit from another LASIK procedure in the future. 

Is LASIK worth it?

The reality is that over 99% of people who have LASIK surgeries report that they are satisfied with the outcome. This makes it one of the highest rates of satisfaction out of any type of surgery! It’s important to discuss your concerns with your ophthalmologist so they can help you make an informed decision about your LASIK options.

Schedule a Consultation

LASIK can be a life-changing option for patients looking for a quick and easy laser correction procedure. To begin discussing your options, contact Campus Eye Group by calling or filling out our online form.

When Should I Stop Wearing Contact Lenses Before LASIK?

 

LASIK surgery is widely performed as a permanent vision correction procedure. However, there are certain things you can do that can impact the success of your surgery. If you have been wearing contact lenses for a long time, you’ve most likely become accustomed to them. In the months leading to the LASIK surgery, the eye specialist will advise you to stop using contacts and use glasses instead. Here are some common questions about this important step.

Why Should I Discontinue Wearing Contact Lenses Before LASIK Surgery?

Contact lenses, when worn over time, will change certain aspects of your eye structure. These changes can affect the doctor’s assessment when deciding whether you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Your eye specialists will explain that your eyes need to be in their natural shape and state before an eye evaluation. If your eyes are not in their natural state, then they can easily change after the surgery, and this will affect the success of the laser procedure.

How do Contact Lenses Impact Your Eyes?

Contact lenses have a physical interaction with the eyes. As a result, they influence and alter the eyes over time. Here’s how:

Shape

Suctioning is used to hold the contacts in place on the eyes. Consequently, this alters the shape of the cornea due to the pressure applied. The degree of this change depends on the lenses and the duration of wearing them.

Hydration

The physical attributes of the eye are largely influenced by the levels of water on the surface and the tissue that forms the cornea. Contacts are placed on the tissue and therefore change the moisture level in the cornea. This change has an impact on how well the laser cuts and eventually shapes the tissue.

Inflammation

While contacts help to correct your vision, your body treats them as foreign objects. To counter this, the body releases an immune response often characterized by swelling or mild irritation. This is mainly experienced days or weeks after they are placed. Naturally, upon removal, the eye reverts to its natural state. This is why it important for you to stop wearing them before laser surgery.

When Should I Stop Wearing Contact Lenses Before LASIK?

This answer depends on several factors. The contact lens material is one of them.  Another determining factor is how long you have had the contact lenses on. The precise period is determined after a doctor’s examination.

Do I Need Contact Lenses after the LASIK Surgery?

In most cases, LASIK surgery yields a 20/20 vision. However, there are times when the surgery is not entirely effective. If the doctor advises you to continue with the contacts, you need to give ample time for the eye to heal before reverting to contacts. In this case, you’ll be given an exact timeframe to follow.

It’s important to note that your contacts will need refitting after the eye heals. This is because the eye takes a new shape after the surgery. Additionally, your doctor may recommend eye drops to deal with dry eyes, which are a common symptom after eye surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

LASIK can be a life-changing surgery if you want to be free of glasses and contact lenses. To begin discussing your options with LASIK, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.