Post LASIK Problems

LASIK may be advertised as the ideal solution to your vision problems, but the truth about this procedure is that...
LASIK may be advertised as the ideal solution to your vision problems, but the truth about this procedure is that it is not always ideal. Here are some common post-LASIK problems to watch for if choose this treatment for your vision problems.


Temporary Problems after Surgery

Some patients are surprised to note that they do not have perfect vision right after surgery. This is normal. It takes the eye a while to heal after the procedure. You may notice a variety of vision problems, like:

  • Mild irritation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Hallows
  • Starbursts
  • Dry eyes
  • Hazy vision
  • Reduced visual sharpness

For most patients, these temporary problems dissipate in three to six months. If they are still present after six months, then they may be permanent and require the attention of a doctor.


lasik corrective surgeryComplications with the Flap

LASIK is performed by creating a flap on the front surface of the cornea, reshaping the eye and replacing the flap for a more natural curve to the eye. Sometimes the LASIK flap will not properly adhere to the surface of the eye, creating wrinkles called corneal striate. As many as 5.7% of LASIK patients will have this complication.


This problem may require an additional surgery, or you can use gas permeable contact lenses to enhance your vision. In theses instances, synergeyes post-surgical lenses can be a good fit, as these are designed to fit over the irregular shaped cornea comfortably. Scleral lenses do not touch the cornea at all, but rather rest on the white of the eye, and can help correct vision on an irregular shaped cornea.


Under- or Over-correction

LASIK involves precise reshaping of the eye using lasers. If the reshaping is not done correctly, the vision will suffer. Both under-correction and over-correction can lead to permanent vision problems after LASIK. Also, sometimes the eyes will not respond to the treatment as they typically do, leading to post-LASIK problems. Corrective contact lenses can help with this problem.


Remember, LASIK is not always a perfect solution to your vision problems. If you are experiencing post-LASIK problems, contact Global Contact Lens Specialists to learn what your options are. With the right post-surgery treatment or carefully fitted contact lenses, you can restore your vision even with complications such as these.