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Hey doc great blog! I am curious, it’s been a while since your lasik op, how is it so far? Do you suffer any side effects (night blindess, halo, dry eyes, sensitive to sunlight etc) now? Was reading the hwz lasik thread, it seems that some people suffer dry eyes permanently many months after lasik! :S I am very interested in doing lasik, but am afraid of permanent side effects
Certainly. The most common side-effect after LASIK or any form of laser-refractive surgery to the cornea, is loss of contrast sensitivity, and glares and haloes that are worse at night-time. It is very rare for patients to be completely disabled by them, and for some patients it is more obvious than for others. Some people rarely experience significant dry-eye symptoms after surgery, however this is rare, especially in young patients.
For the majority of patients however, they may experience temporary dry eye symptoms that disappear after 1-2 weeks (longer in patients who are older). The glares / haloes also usually improve rapidly after the first 2-3 months.
Dr E-Shawn Goh
Thanks for your message!
It’s been great for me, no side effects.
You are on the money though – EVERY single operation has a risk of complications, side effects etc.
In the case of lasik, that risk is very very low though, probably less than 1% if you go and read all the scientific studies done online.
I guess it’s just your own risk benefit analysis at the end of the day – talk to your doctor about it as well!