Over the past two decades or so, LASIK has helped millions upon millions of people all around the world to see the world clearly with minimal to no reliance on glasses or contact lenses. While LASIK is one of the safest surgical procedures in medicine with an extraordinary rate of success, it is not without risk. In fact, all forms of surgery, whether major or minor, carry with them some degree or risk, and it is important that patients realize this before consenting to undergo any invasive procedure.
One of the most common risks associated with LASIK through the years is glare, particularly at night. At the TLC Yonge Eglinton laser vision correction centre in Toronto, LASIK glare is a possible complication of the procedure; however, our use of the latest, most advanced technologies and techniques allows us to hold this risk to an absolute minimum. Even those patients who do experience glare after LASIK surgery at our practice generally find that it subsides or becomes dramatically less noticeable over time.
The Causes of Post-LASIK Glare
The success of any LASIK procedure depends heavily on the meticulous screening process our eye care experts employ at TLC Yonge Eglinton. By thoroughly examining the eyes of each patient and evaluating his or her eye health and overall medical history, we can determine how likely that patient is to experience certain side effects and complications. For example, in the cases of patients with abnormally large pupils, we know that post-LASIK glare at night is much more likely to occur than in patients with average-sized pupils. This is because, at night, these patients’ pupils are likelier to expand beyond the area treated by LASIK. We might not recommend LASIK to such patients, and we would definitely advise those on the border of heightened risk of the potential problem.
Another cause of post-LASIK glare is complications with the corneal flap that is created at the very beginning of the procedure. In conventional LASIK, the flap is made using a handheld device with an oscillating blade on the end, called a microkeratome. While highly precise, the microkeratome can leave microscopically jagged edges that can cause visual anomalies such as glare. At our vision correction center, we are able to circumvent this problem by using a femtosecond laser to perform completely blade-free, all-laser LASIK.
We also use wavefront-mapping technology to make the most precise and detailed scan of the eye possible. This allows us to customize each LASIK procedure to a degree not possible with conventional LASIK. The combination of wavefront technology with the use of the femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap results in the safest LASIK procedure available. While glare remains a possibility, it is extremely rare, especially compared to the traditional LASIK procedure.
Learn More about Post-LASIK Glare
To learn more about post-LASIK glare and how we can help you to avoid this and other LASIK side effects through the use of the most advanced techniques and technologies currently available, please contact our laser vision correction centre today.