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LASIK Side Effects

Image of laser being used on eye during LASIK

While LASIK surgery can provide many benefits, you should understand the side effects before undergoing surgery. These can include mild discomfort, temporary fluctuations in vision, and sensitivity to light. At TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre, we use only the most sophisticated technology to ensure the best possible results for our patients. Our surgeons will explain all aspects of LASIK surgery so you can make an informed decision about your treatment. To learn more about LASIK side effects, contact our Toronto, ON, practice today.

Possible Side Effects 

For most patients, the side effects of LASIK are temporary, and subside within three to six months. You may experience mild discomfort for the first few days after surgery, including eye irritation or sensitivity to light. Beyond the first week, the most common side effect is dry eyes. Night vision can be impaired, and some patients may see halos or glares, or experience double vision. You may also notice fluctuations in your vision. We will closely monitor your recovery during follow-up visits to ensure that you heal properly and experience the maximum benefits of LASIK.

Advanced Technology Minimizes Side Effects and Risks 

During LASIK, an excimer laser reshapes the cornea by removing a small amount of tissue, improving focus and clarity.

We perform bladeless custom LASIK using wavefront technology that creates a map of the eye before surgery. The computerized measurements allow for greater accuracy than traditional LASIK, minimizing the risk of experiencing glare and halos after surgery. We create the corneal incisions using a femtosecond laser, which carries a much lower risk of complications than the traditional keratome blade. 

LASIK Candidacy 

One of the surest ways to minimize the risks and side effects of LASIK is meticulous pre-surgery screening. You should be in good health if you are considering LASIK surgery. Candidates should not be nursing or pregnant, or suffer from any condition that suppresses the immune system, such as HIV or rheumatoid arthritis. You should be free of conditions such as chronic dry eye, glaucoma, or cataracts. You should tell your doctor about previous eye injuries or infections, or periods of unstable vision.

Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK, and there are other options that can yield similar results. Our surgeons emphasize safety, and always take the time to make sure that patients are making informed decisions about their treatment. 

Aftercare Instructions

You can avoid post-surgical complications by following the detailed aftercare instructions provided by your doctor. We will prescribe eye drops that can soothe and moisten your eyes while preventing infection and inflammation. Do not use non-prescription eye drops at this time. You must avoid touching or rubbing your eyes immediately following your surgery.

You should also avoid situations that could result in debris or other material coming into contact with your eyes. You will be sent home from surgery wearing an eye shield that should be worn for the first 24 hours following your surgery. After that time, you should wear the eye shield while you sleep or nap during the next four days.

Schedule your Assessment

The surgeons at TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre are experts who can fully explain every aspect of LASIK. Contact our office today to schedule your personal consultation.