Although LASIK surgery is one of the most popular elective medical procedures in the United States, it is still a surgery and like any surgery, there will be a chance of side effects afterwards. You may love the new you sans glasses and no longer have to worry about losing said glasses or putting contact lenses in your eyes, but you must care for your eyes in the weeks and months following LASIK in Denver and not be alarmed when side effects occur.
One of the most common LASIK side effects is dry eye. If you have suffered from dry eye in the past, then Denver LASIK may exacerbate the problem. Dry eye symptoms can range from the annoying to the debilitating. Your eyes can become red and itchy, and also experience a burning sensation. And oddly enough, your eyes may produce too many tears that can cloud your newly improved vision. When the eyes do not get enough natural moisture, it can cause your tear ducts to overproduce to compensate. Your LASIK surgeon will prescribe you artificial tear drops to keep your eye moisture balance following the surgery, and hopefully this will combat any dry eye issues. You will also be prescribed antibiotic drops to help ensure that your eyes do not become infected.
Immediately following Denver LASIK eye surgery, you will not see clearly at all. As a matter of fact, your vision will be so fuzzy that you will need to make sure you have a ride arranged to drive you home from the procedure. You should rest your eyes for the rest of the day, but when you wake the next morning you may be shocked how well you can see. Many people report better vision after LASIK surgery in Denver than they had when wearing glasses or contact lenses. However, in the coming weeks and months you may begin seeing haloes or �??floaties�?� in front of your eyes. What many describe as starbursts may also appear and there is a chance of having a temporary sensitivity to light. Although these side effects should subside over time, do not do anything to exacerbate them. This includes rubbing your eyes, as well as using cosmetics products near your eyes for a few weeks. Debris from these products can get in your eyes and possibly cause infection.
If any of these side effects seem too severe or continue for too long, contact your Denver LASIK surgery doctor immediately to make sure nothing gets in the way of your newly improved vision.