Are There Side Effects to Laser Eye Surgery?

Although laser eye surgery may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, it is a highly technical surgical procedure that is safe and extremely effective in treating vision problems for millions of Australians annually. When performed by an expert laser eye clinic like NewVision Clinics, laser surgery is ideal for the treatment of hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism.

How Does it Work?

Specialists at a laser eye clinic use highly concentrated UV light to reshape the surface of a patient’s cornea to allow light to refract precisely onto the retina. This is a ‘cool’ laser which causes no pain and is valued for its precision and usability.

At NewVision Clinics, we successfully treat patients  with cataracts, astigmatism, hyperopia, and myopia.

The operation on the eye. Cataract surgery

Possible Side Effects of LASIK Treatment

While laser eye surgery is known world-wide as a safe and effective procedure, there is always a small possibility of short term side effects. Some of these side effects may include:

Post-Operative Pain

Some patients may experience mild pain after laser eye surgeries like Advanced PRK procedures. This pain is normally treated using medication such as Panadeine Forte. Patients may experience watering of the eyes and sensitivity to bright lights for a short period after the surgery.

Delayed Epithelial Healing

The removal of the surface epithelium is safe and temporary. While most patients heal within two to three days, in some cases the healing could be delayed. Delayed healing does not cause any lasting damage and is easily addressed by ophthalmologists.

Light Sensitivity

During the healing process, sensitivity to light is to be expected. Sunglasses are often prescribed to protect the eye from discomfort and to allow healing.

Corneal Haze

Corneal hazing is monitored by the eye specialist after the procedure and may continue for 3-6 months. It does not permanently impact a patient’s vision and is even less common with LASIK surgery.

Over-Reaction & Under-Reaction

Over- or under-reaction due to Advanced PRK may occur after surgery but naturally reduces over a few weeks and is usually resolved within a month. Under-reaction or regression may occur in patients who require a significant correction in vision, however, it is not a cause for concern as eye specialists can perform an enhancement successfully if required.

World Class LASIK Eye Surgery in Victoria

If you are interested in learning more about laser eye surgery for vision correction, contact NewVision Clinics today. Our team of friendly, experienced professionals will answer all your laser eye treatment questions and help you identify the best course of treatment for you.