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LASIK and Poor Night Vision

LASIK is one of the most well known and popular options for there for addressing refractive error, which most people know better by the following terms:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism

Yet we always want patients to know that LASIK is a surgical procedure, which means that there are some side effects involved during the recovery period. One of these side effects involves poor night vision. The team at our eye care centers would like to take a few moments right now to address these matters so you have a better understanding of this side effect and how it can be addressed.

About LASIK Surgery

It helps to understand LASIK surgery and what it involves as the surgical procedure helps explain why a person’s night vision is affected through surgery. During LASIK, a flap is created in the topmost layer of the cornea, known as the epithelium. It is through this epithelial flap that the cornea’s shape can be properly adjusted via laser. Once this is accomplished, the flap is set down to heal.

Night Vision Problems as a Side Effect of LASIK

There are many adjustments that your eyes have to make following LASIK as a result of the creation of the epithelial flap. One of these involves problems with night vision and contrast sensitivity. Many patients will notice starbursts, halos, and glare around bright lights, as well as difficulty seeing other objects at night. These issues with contrast and light sensitivity can make driving or otherwise being out at night very dangerous.

How long will poor night vision after LASIK last?

The duration of this side effect can vary from patient to patient since the healing experience differs. For some patients, the night vision problems will last for a few weeks, with vision gradually returning to normal during that time. For others, the night vision issues can persist for a few months.

You will meet with your eye doctors periodically after LASIK surgery in order to monitor your progress. Be sure to communicate with them about any and all concerns that you may have.

Tips for Dealing with Poor Night Vision

The best way to deal with poor night vision after LASIK is to:

  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions for pre-operative care
  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care
  • Exercise caution and good judgment when out at night

Regarding the first two points, instructions for pre-op and post-op LASIK care help ensure the best possible healing for a patient. Do not take these instructions for granted, as it could mean the difference between fast healing and slow/problematic healing.

As for the third point, this is the best thing that you can do as you heal. If you notice that your night vision is too poor to drive safely at night, be sure to arrange for transportation. This means having a friend or relative drive you to and from places, such as work or school. Use mass transit when possible as well, as this offers safety and reliability.

Schedule a Consultation for LASIK Surgery

If you would like to learn more about LASIK side effects and how they can be properly addressed, be sure to contact our Chicago area eye care centers today. Our team will be here to address any concerns that you may have an answer any questions as well.

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