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LASIK Side Effects

LASIK is a time-tested and safe procedure with a very high success rate. In fact, less than one percent of LASIK surgeries result in serious complications. However, many patients experience temporary LASIK side effects as part of the normal healing process. The best way to minimize your risk of complications is to choose an experienced LASIK surgeon. Dr. Laurence T.D. Sperber is an ophthalmologist in New York, NY, with over 20 years of experience performing refractive eye surgery. Using advanced technology, he can perform safe and effective LASIK procedures that minimize the risk of side effects.

Dry eye syndrome can last up to a year following LASIK surgery.

Common Temporary Side Effects

LASIK patients can experience temporary side-effects such as:

  • Glare, starbursts, and halos: Many patients have difficulty seeing at night after LASIK. For example, you may notice glare, bursts, or halos around lights. These side effects may last as little as a few weeks or as long as a year.
  • Double vision: Ghost images, or double vision, is a common side effect of LASIK.
  • Dry eyes: Thirty percent of LASIK patients experience dry eyes in the first three months after surgery. If dry eyes become problematic, Dr. Sperber can recommend lubricating eye drops to soothe your eyes during recovery.
Dr. Sperber can design a fully personalized plan to help you achieve clearer, crisper vision with a minimized risk of complications.

Most LASIK Side Effects are Normal

Patients who are considering LASIK should understand that side effects are expected as part of the natural healing process. Additionally, visual fluctuations are quite common, and can occur for several months after the procedure. These may include hazy vision or reduced visual acuity. Most of these effects subside by the six-month mark.

How Dr. Sperber Reduces the Risk for Complications

Dr. Sperber is a board-certified surgeon committed to providing top-tier, compassionate care. To reduce the risk of LASIK complications, Dr. Sperber carefully evaluates candidacy through a comprehensive assessment. If he does not believe that a patient can safely undergo this type of treatment, he will recommend an alternative option. For example, patients with thin corneas, keratoconus, or an ocular surface disease are not usually suitable candidates for LASIK surgery.

In addition, Dr. Sperber uses advanced technology to perform more precise and predictable procedures. For example, Dr. Sperber uses:

  • Wavefront: Using advanced computer software, wavefront creates a detailed 3-D map of the cornea, allowing Dr. Sperber to deliver treatment tailored to your anatomy rather than your glasses prescription.
  • Intralase: Traditional LASIK relies on the use of a blade to create the corneal flap. Intralase eliminates the need for a scalpel by using femtosecond laser technology, which is more precise and minimizes the risk of infection.
  • Contoura™ Vision: This technology creates a digital topographic impression of the cornea to deliver ultra-precise treatment.

Contact Our Practice for More Information

If you are considering LASIK surgery, schedule a consultation at our practice. Dr. Sperber can design a fully personalized plan to help you achieve clearer, crisper vision with a minimized risk of complications. To learn more, contact us online anytime or call our office at (212) 753-8300.