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Why Do I Have a Red Spot on My Eye after LASIK?

After LASIK surgery, some patients develop a harmless red spot on their eye. This condition is not uncommon and in general, does not pose any health risk. At TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre in Toronto, ON, our doctors perform safe, effective LASIK procedures, which minimize the chances of side effects. However, in some cases, patients develop a red spot on the eye after LASIK. The red mark in the white of the eye is known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage and is similar to a bruise. Typically, the spot disappears quickly during the healing process.

Close up of red spot on eye

Red spots on the eye are a fairly common response after refractive surgery.

Understanding Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

There is no need to feel concerned if a red spot appears in the white of your eye after LASIK. A subconjunctival hemorrhage refers to bleeding under the conjunctiva, which is the membrane covering your eyes. Just like bruises form due to bleeding under the skin, the red spot is a superficial issue and should not last long. 

Subconjunctival hemorrhages do not pose any health risk and should not have any effect on the results of your LASIK procedure. 

The conjunctiva covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. It is a thin membrane which protects the eye and contains a network of very small blood vessels. The blood vessels in the conjunctiva are delicate and can break for a range of reasons in addition to LASIK, such as:

  • Eye trauma
  • Rubbing the eye
  • Vomiting
  • Heavy lifting
  • Severe eye infection
  • Forceful sneezing or coughing

Subconjunctival hemorrhages do not pose any health risk and should not have any effect on the results of your LASIK procedure

How Is It Treated?

A subconjunctival hemorrhage does not require any treatment. The red spot is like a bruise on the skin, which disappears once the body absorbs the blood. The conjunctiva may take a little longer to heal than other parts of the body. However, for most patients, spots on the eye vanish within a week or two. If you are experiencing other side effects from your treatment, such as itchy or dry eyes, our team can recommend ways to improve your comfort. 

How We Reduce Your Risks

At TLC Laser Eye Centre, we use state-of-the-art LASIK techniques to minimize the chance of side effects. Our doctors can perform bladeless custom LASIK using Wavefront technology. The Wavefront system creates a computerized map of your eye before the procedure, allowing for greater precision and accuracy. In addition, we use a femtosecond laser, which carries a much lower risk of complications than traditional methods.

Following all post-operative instructions is another way to minimize the risk of issues developing during the healing process. Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes in the days following the procedure. For the first few days, you will typically be instructed to place shields over your eyes while you sleep or nap for further protection. We will provide you with more detailed instructions about the best way to care for your eyes after LASIK. 

Find Out More

LASIK is a safe, proven procedure with an extremely high success rate. If a red spot appears on the white of your eye after your laser surgery, there is no need to worry. Feel free to contact our office online with any questions. You can also call (519) 888-4502 to find out more about the benefits of undergoing LASIK at TLC Laser Eye Centre.

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