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After LASIK Surgery: Dealing with Light Sensitivity Problems

By David Gross on June 30, 2014


A man gazes into a very bright light in the darkHere at Deen-Gross Eye Centers, we all agree: if patients know what to expect after they undergo LASIK surgery, they can make well-informed decisions on if the procedure is right for them. That goes for the benefits as well as the risks. This commitment to the facts without any sugar-coating may explain why so many patients in the Merrillville and Hobart region have come to our practice.

While LASIK has revolutionized eye care and can eliminate your need to wear glasses and contacts, there are side effects that may turn some patients off. One major side effect is light sensitivity. Let's consider light sensitivity and LASIK right now.

Why are patients sensitive to light after LASIK surgery?

During LASIK surgery, a flap is created in the topmost layer of the cornea. Through this flap, the LASIK surgeon can reshape and revise the curvature of the cornea and then set the flap down to heal.

Once the cornea has been reshaped, the nature of the surgery will make the eyes more sensitive to light, particularly bright lights. A patient's cornea will need to heal and that patient will need adjust to the new corneal contour in order for this light sensitivity to diminish. In addition to being irritated by bight lights during the day, patients will also notice problems with night vision and contrast sensitivity.

Just keep in mind that these issues are both normal after undergoing LASIK.

How long does this post-LASIK light sensitivity last?

Light sensitivity problems after LASIK will generally last a few weeks. Sensitivity to daylight brightness will generally be resolved by the end of the first week after surgery, with patients noticing less irritation and discomfort from day to day.

For night vision issues, the sensitivity and contrast problems might last for a month or so, though this can vary from patient to patient.

Below are a few tips to hep you reduce the discomfort associated with light sensitivity and to get over the problems as soon as possible.

Tip One: Rest Your Eyes Early On

During the first 24 to 48 hours after LASIK, avoid reading, watching TV, or using your computer or mobile devices. Focus on resting your eyes rather than straining them. This will reduce your healing time and improve your recovery experience.

Tip Two: Sunglasses and a Hat with a Brim Are Crucial

When you have to go outdoors, eye protection is key. Be sure to wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim to keep the bright light out and your eyes in the shade. It's actually a good idea to do this in general since the UV rays from the sun can damage your eyes over time.

Tip Three: Avoid Bright Lights While Indoors

Do your best to stay in rooms with soft lights or diffuse lights rather than harsh and direct lights. This tends to make daily activities more comfortable for patients as they heal from LASIK, cutting down on sensitivity and discomfort.

Tip Four: Be Careful When Traveling at Night

Halos, glare, and problems with night vision are all issues that you'll have to face as you heal. It's generally a good idea to have someone give you a ride home or to take public transportation for the first week or so after LASIK. Only drive on your own when your night vision levels out. This is just a common sense safety precaution.

Learn More About Advanced Vision Correction

If you would like more information about LASIK and how it can be of great benefit to you and your needs, be sure to contact our laser vision correction and eye care centers today. We at Deen-Gross Eye Centers will be sure to answer all questions you may have about LASIK so that you can make the best choice for your needs.

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