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LASIK Side Effects

Red spot on white of a patient's eyeLASIK is a safe, widely-performed procedure that can improve your vision and your quality of life. As with any surgical procedure, LASIK can cause side effects, some short-term and some that may last for an extended period of time. We believe it is important to educate patients on these potential side effects so that they can make well-informed decisions about their eye care. During your consultation, Dr. Andrew E. Holzman will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure, which is an important part of minimizing risk. He will also explain the procedure itself, and address any concerns you may have about LASIK side effects. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Washington, DC-area practice.

Possible Side Effects

LASIK surgery can cause side effects, but most are temporary. We pride ourselves on minimizing risks as much as possible. However, it is important for patients to be aware of the possible side effects, including:

  • Vision disturbances - After undergoing LASIK surgery, you may experience disturbances to your normal vision. During the first few weeks or months, you may experience halos, hazy vision, and glare or starbursts in dimmer settings. These side effects should wear off gradually, and usually disappear within three to six months. In rare cases, patients continue to experience long-term vision disturbances. 
  • Red spot on eye - Some patients develop a red spot on the white of their eye following LASIK surgery. This red spot, called a subconjunctival hemorrhage, results when a blood vessel in the outermost protective coating of the eyeball breaks. These red spots rarely occur, but if they do, they are harmless. Any spots will disappear within a few days to a couple of weeks after surgery. Prior to transporting you to the surgical suite, we prep your eyes with a series of eye drops meant to minimize this risk.
  • Flap complications - During LASIK surgery, Dr. Holzman uses a femtosecond laser to create a flap in the cornea of your eye. After reshaping your corneal tissue, Dr. Holzman closes the flap to heal on its own. Sometimes complications effect the healing of the flap, though this is rare. If the flap does not adhere properly, this can create tiny wrinkles in the surface of the cornea, which may affect your vision. 
  • Dry eyes - Some patients develop dry eyes following surgery, but this side effect usually goes away within six months. The LASIK procedure can cause a decrease in your tear production, resulting in dry eyes. Patients who have severe dry eyes may not be candidates for the procedure. 
  • Infection - Infection rarely occurs following LASIK surgery. Dr. Holzman will give you detailed post-operative instructions, including directions on using medicated eye drops, to help minimize the risk of infection. 

By choosing a highly-trained surgeon like Dr. Holzman, you are taking the first step to minimize the chance of side effects. By conducting a comprehensive exam and obtaining precise data prior to surgery, Dr. Holzman can create a custom surgical plan intended to minimize risk and enhance your vision.

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Understanding possible side effects can help you determine whether LASIK is the right choice for you. To learn more about risks and your candidacy for LASIK surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation today. 

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