Complications of LASIK Surgery

According to the American Refractive Surgery Council as of October 2017, 99% of patients receive a better than 20/40 vision while 90% achieve 20/20 or better.  The measurement that matters the most remains patient satisfaction with the procedure after having it. It as well stays high. As exciting as those numbers have become a person has to remind themselves that it is a surgery and some people the surgery does not work for. Ophthalmologists explore that intensely so as to create better equipment or processes so that every person can receive a better vision.

Complications of LASIK

One of the reasons LASIK Houston success rates stay high comes from ophthalmologists willing to tell a patient no. Laser eye surgery does not happen automatically. A person after consultation with a doctor must become a candidate for the operation. Despite all those cautions, an excellent safety record, and the latest equipment sometimes LASIK does not help. Some of the complications may be temporary, but some complications never fully go away. The following examines the most common complications:

  • Starbursts
  • Glare
  • Halos
  • Ghosting
  • Dry Eye
  • Flap dislocations


People who have larger than normal pupils have a higher risk of developing starbursts after laser eye surgery. It affects a person’s night vision the most. It makes driving at night no longer a good possibility. When light hits the eye say from an oncoming vehicle the eye instead of displaying two circles of light displays one larger sun-like a circle with rays of light shooting out. On a highway with more than one vehicle coming, it’s easy to imagine how much harder it becomes to decipher the visual imagery. In most cases, after a few months after LASIK, the starbursts disappear but not always.


Glare occurs with most patients after surgery for several weeks. Light sources will become diffuse with no clear beginning or end. Like an out of focus camera shot, making it more difficult to see clearly. As the eyes heal most patients tell doctors the vision sharpens.


Halos happen with night vision, and almost all patients report the effect. The halo looks like a target symbol with a bright center of light surrounded by a darker area and then a ring of light around the darker area. Halos will occur in most patients several weeks, for some several months and documentation from studies show some people have for a year.


Better known as double vision has been experienced after surgery by LASIK patients. Reports indicate it can occur in one eye or both eyes. Most of the time it has to do with the edema (swelling) created in the eye due to the surgery. As the eye heals, the ghosting disappears. If the ghosting happens with both eyes, then the eyes may be out of alignment and need additional adjustment. Ophthalmologists prescribe eyedrops for the condition.

Dry Eye

Reports indicate 95% of patients experience dry eye after laser eye surgery. For whatever reason, the eye tear ducts do not produce enough tears to keep the eye bathed. It results in itchy scratchy eyes. Eye drops have become part of the standard way to handle it.

Flap Dislocations

Though extremely rare sometimes years after surgery a patient has an eye incident such as getting something in the eye, or an object impacts the eye, and the original surgery flap comes loose. The vision blurs at once. The flap just needs smoothed and put back in place to correct the problem.


For most, the negative side of LASIK remains temporary never to become experienced again. For a few the symptoms do not disappear. The Houston LASIK clinic has alternatives and other solutions to deal with such rare issues. Consider scheduling an appointment and consult with one of the doctors for other options.

Houston Lasik leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Houston Lasik, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478.



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