LASIK Risks: Increased Sensitivity to Light

By William Holcomb on June 11, 2015

An eye under a digital scanner, taking measurements prior to LASIK surgerySince its inception, LASIK has been one of the safest and most successful surgical procedures in the history of medicine. In recent years, with the advent of blade-free LASIK and custom wavefront mapping technology, the procedure has only become safer and more reliable in terms of its results. Nevertheless, there is no such thing as a completely risk-free surgery, and LASIK is no exception.

At Holcomb Laser Center, we help to minimize the risk of serious LASIK complications by using the latest, most advanced technologies and employing the most meticulous standards in evaluating candidates for the procedure. Even then, there are certain side effects that remain associated with LASIK. For the most part, these side effects are minor and mild, and they generally subside within days if not hours of the surgery. Those that fail to subside can often be addressed through a secondary “tune-up” surgery if necessary.

Among the more common side effects of LASIK is an increased sensitivity to light immediately after the procedure. Esteemed ophthalmologist William E. Holcomb informs patients about this increased sensitivity to light after LASIK during consultations at his Cullman laser eye surgery center so that they can make confident, informed decisions about whether to proceed with the procedure. Dr. Holcomb believes that an educated patient is the best type of patient.

Are you a good candidate for LASIK? Schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Holcomb today to find out.

What causes increased light sensitivity after LASIK?

There are several possible causes of increased light sensitivity after LASIK surgery, including:

  • The eye’s adjustment to its new corneal contours: Because the purpose of LASIK is to adjust the focusing power of the cornea by adjusting its shape with an excimer laser, it will take the eye a few days to adjust to the cornea’s new contours. In such cases, the increased sensitivity to light usually subsides after a few days.
  • Dry eye syndrome: Dry eye syndrome is one of the more common side effects of LASIK, and it includes, among its symptoms, light sensitivity. Fortunately, dry eye syndrome can be managed with eye drops until it subsides.
  • Blade-free LASIK technology: Although blade-free, all-laser LASIK is considered safer on the whole than its conventional counterpart in which a microkeratome blade is used to create a corneal flap, it does have its disadvantages. Most notably, blade-free LASIK is associated with an increased risk of TLS, or transient light sensitivity. This condition can easily be managed with medications and will subside with time.
  • Corneal swelling: Light sensitivity can be the result of slight corneal swelling after LASIK, which will diminish as the eyes heal.
  • Decayed light hypersensitivity: This relatively rare condition occurs roughly three to six weeks after LASIK and can easily be treated with topical eye drops.

Whatever the cause of your light sensitivity, if it lasts for more than a few days, you should contact your eye surgeon immediately.

Learn More about Sensitivity to Light after LASIK

To learn more about sensitivity to light after LASIK surgery, please contact Holcomb Laser Center.

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