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Lasik side effects

Learn more about LASIK side effects and the best way to ensure you have a safe effective procedure you will enjoy for years to come.

LASIK SIDE EFFECTS | Dello Russo Laser Vision

Millions of people suffer from impaired vision. Many of them who decide to take a leap and consider LASIK, ask the same question; “Is LASIK safe?” It is a great question to ask. Doing you research and knowing what to expect post-op, is important. LASIK is surgery, and finding an experienced surgeon, significantly influences how you feel after the procedure. Furthermore, LASIK side effects can include pain and discomfort and functionality. There are five side effects of LASIK that patients might experience.

LASIK SIDE EFFECTS: slight discomfort

There are risks after every LASIK procedure. A patient might feel uncomfortable 30-45 minutes after surgery. This side effect is all part of the initial healing time. Don’t worry; it will only be a few hours before the discomfort goes away!

The best medicine: sleep. Post-op, you can go home and sleep the pain away. After a few hours of relaxation, the irritation should have improved.

LASIK SIDE EFFECTS: itchy, scratchy eyes

It is not uncommon for a patient to feel itchy or scratchy eyes after the procedure. You might feel foreign sensations for several days after LASIK, but don’t fear, your eye surgeon will provide you with options to maintain your comfort post-op.

Using artificial tears that are preservative-free, is a remedy that patients can use to feel relaxed. Keep refrigerated artificial tears on hand. Cool tears are soothing, and will keep you feeling comfortable during the first few days following your LASIK surgery.


Patients will often feel dryness in their eyes post-op. It is one of the most common LASIK side effects. In rare cases, LASIK may cause the eye’s natural tear production system to become distressed, which causes the sensation of dry eyes. Fortunately, many surgeons, such as Dr. Dello Russo, are using the very best technology to reduce this condition. Using artificial tears for this LASIK side effect can be effective. Your doctor will monitor this part of the healing process during a follow up visit.

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LASIK SIDE EFFECTS: halos and visual fluctuations

Imagine being able to read the 20/20 line or an eye chart without glasses. Most patients are able to achieve this one-day after LASIK. Visual recovery can happen overnight!

Although your vision will improve immensely, it won’t be perfect the next day. The body goes through a natural inflammatory response after any procedure, including LASIK. This can lead to temporary visual fluctuations following your laser eye surgery.

Most patients don’t have many issues with seeing halos in dark places, but a small percentage might experience halos when driving at night. The halos tend to gradually fade.

LASIK SIDE EFFECTS: sensitivity to light

Dust off your finest pair of sunglasses, because you might need them! Another common LASIK side effect, is sensitivity to light. This can last for a few days, but will eventually taper off.


The best way to prevent LASIK side effects is to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon that invests in the latest technologies and techniques for laser eye surgery. Many advancements have been made that significantly decrease LASIK risks and the chance of side effects. Unfortunately not all NYC LASIK providers have invested in these advancements. That is why discerning patients in New York City and New Jersey choose Dr. Dello Russo of Dello Russo Laser Vision. As a pioneer of new LASIK technologies, Dr. Dello Russo provides patients with the safest treatment and most optimal results possible. Find out if LASIK is right for you and get answers to any questions regarding LASIK side effects and risks by scheduling a complimentary consultation with an eye surgeon from Dello Russo Laser Vision. Contact us by filling out an online form or calling
(800) 393 2273.