Why Do I Experience Glare and Halos After LASIK Surgery?
LASIK surgery is one of the most popular and effective options out there for vision correction and enhancement. We help countless patients around the Springfield area reduce their dependence on prescription lenses thanks to this state-of-the-art laser vision correction procedure.
Of course, LASIK surgery has its share of side effects, halos and glare among them. Let’s take a moment to consider why glare and halos are an issue after laser eye surgery and what patients can do about these temporary problems.
About LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery is a type of laser eye surgery. The procedure alters the shape of the cornea, and in the process improves the passage of light through the eyes. This helps focus light on the retina in an exact fashion, allowing people to see clearly without the aid of glasses or contact lenses.
LASIK is ideal for treating refractive errors, which you may know better by the following terms:
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
Why Halos, Glare, and Light Sensitivity After Surgery?
During LASIK surgery, a flap is created in the topmost layer of the cornea. A laser is then used to carefully reshape the cornea. The flap is set down again to heal.
As your eyes are healing, it will take a while for your eyes to get used to the changes in vision quality and visual information. As a result, there may be glare or halos around objects that are brightly colored. In addition, patients are likely to experience issues with light sensitivity.
Rest assured that these are all normal side effects and that they will resolve themselves in weeks after surgery as patients heal. That said, it can be somewhat alarming to have to deal with these changes in overall vision quality.
How Long Will Glare and Halos Last?
For most patients, the most serious glare and halos after LASIK will last for the first month. There may be fewer problems with glare and halos before that time, especially in the first week or so after surgery. Gradually with proper healing, these issues will pass. Some residual glare or halos may be present for several weeks after surgery, though these too will fade with time.
Tips for Dealing with LASIK Side Effects
When it comes to dealing with these LASIK side effects, the best option is to be aware that they will happen and to follow your post-op instructions carefully. Be sure to use eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated, as this can help reduce some irritation and vision issues. In addition, when outdoors, be sure to wear sunglasses or a hat with a brim. This will protect your eyes from the sun and reduce discomfort and issues with glare and halos in the process.
Attend Follow-up Visits as Scheduled
After you undergo LASIK surgery, a it’s common to undergo series of follow-up visits with your eye surgeon. These are intended to address any potential lasting side effects and make sure that you are healing properly. Be sure to attend all of these follow-up visits as scheduled and to ask any questions or voice concerns as they arise. This is a good way of making sure you recover properly and free from complications.
Learn More About LASIK Surgery
For more information about LASIK and how it can help you have excellent vision, be sure to contact our team of laser vision correction specialists today. The team at Papale Eye Center is here to help you see the world clearly.