4 Common Refractive Eye Surgery Side Effects

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Whether you’re worried about LASIK risks or other refractive eye surgeries, it is important to understand the side effect that may come with the procedures. Keep in mind that side effects are not the same as complications, rather they are usually temporary responses to the surgery during healing. 

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Our main goal at Durrie Vision is to ensure our patients are educated about laser eye surgery. We find that education is the best way to ease fears and combat misconceptions. Read on for four common refractive eye surgery side effects you may experience. 

1. Temporary discomfort

Immediately after your procedure, you may notice mild discomfort. Oftentimes, the discomfort is as bad as the healing process gets for people. However, it usually only lasts for a few hours before the irritation fades. To help, you can rest your eyes by taking a nap, and you will most likely feel more relieved when you wake up. 

2. Dry eyes

Since LASIK causes a temporary decrease in tear production, your eyes may become drier. Artificial tear drops help ease dryness, and as your eyes continue to heal, you won’t need to use the drops as much. 

3. Blurred vision

Blurred vision is a common side effect that most people experience. However, within 24 hours your vision will greatly improve. You may even have 20/20 vision by your one-day followup appointment. 

4. Glares and halos

Since your vision won’t be perfect right away, patients tend to see glares and halos at night as the eyes continue healing. While the halos are noticeable, for most people they don’t disrupt daily activity and will gradually disappear over time.

Learn more refractive eye surgery side effects with Durrie Vision

Our number one goal is to help our patients better maneuver through life with the best vision possible. With each patient, we start with an in-depth consultation process. In fact, we take our consultations so seriously that it has its own name—Advanced Ocular Analysis (AOA). During your AOA, we’ll go through a series of the most advanced diagnostic tests to gauge which procedure will be the best option to reach your vision goals.

No matter the procedure, we use innovative laser technology to maximize precision so our patients receive the best results possible. We stick with our patients every step of the way, from the consultation all the way to the final visit. 

For over 30 years, our doctors at Durrie Vision have been leaders in refractive surgery, offering all six options available today. To get started, schedule your AOA or take our easy, online self-candidacy test. 

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