Side Effects of LASIK Eye Surgery

LASIK is a popular surgery used to correct vision in people
who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. LASIK eye surgery works by
reshaping the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, so that light traveling
through it is properly focused onto the retina located in the back of the eye.

LASIK, like any other surgery, has the potential for certain side effects. LASIK eye surgery is one of the safest, most effective and predictable types of surgery one can have today, however, patients should be aware of and fully understand potential side effects before making the decision to have LASIK.

Side effects of LASIK eye surgery may include:

Dry Eyes: Dryness in the eyes is a side effect that
should be expected for any patient having LASIK. It is normal and expected for
patients to experience a sensation of grittiness or a sandy feeling in the eye
following the procedure. This sensation usually tends to resolve itself over
the first 1-3 months. It is important to use lubricating eye drops very often
after LASIK as this will help your eyes heal and minimize the dry eye symptoms.

Night Glare and Halos: Some patients may experience
night glare or halos during the first month following treatment.

Light Sensitivity: Most patients are a little light
sensitive right after the procedure.

Slight Discomfort: At some point in the 30-45 minutes
after the procedure, your eyes will start to feel uncomfortable. This period of
initial healing is the worst part of post-op LASIK recovery as far as side
effects go. It only lasts a few hours.

Itchy, Scratchy Eyes: It is also common for patients
to feel itchy, scratchy or foreign body sensations in the eyes for several days
after LASIK. These sensations usually improve day after day. Preservative-free
artificial tears help the eyes feel comfortable whenever those sensations
happen. A good tip is to keep some of the artificial tears in the refrigerator,
because the cooled tears are extra soothing, especially during the first few

For more information about LASIK eye surgery in Ft. Collins, contact Eye Center of Northern Colorado at 970-221-2343 or