Sensitivity to Light




It is not uncommon to have a sensitivity to light after having a LASIK procedure especially PRK, LASEK and Epi-LASIK procedures.

Some pain is likely to accompany the light sensitivity within the first three to five days after the PRK, LASEK and Epi-LASIK. With the advances in surgical technology adjustments have been made to decrease the occurrence of side effects by cooling the cornea after laser procedure and providing a prescription of dilute anesthetic drops. Out of all of the LASIK procedures many consider LASIK and IntraLASIK the most comfortable.

For LASIK and IntraLASIK patients, pain and light sensitivity are usually experienced for a short time and the effects are brief and mild. Another condition known as TLS or Transient Light Sensitivity affects a small percentage of LASIK patients. This condition usually starts around two to eight weeks after an uneventful surgery and causes an extreme sensitivity to light, with no disruption in vision. TLS can be treated with specially prescribed anti-inflammatory eye drops.

lasik sensitivity to lightAnother condition that is related to light sensitivity conditions is where a small percentage of patients see rainbows around light sources.

According to many statistics even though there is a higher risk for light sensitivity, many patients prefer getting laser surgery. Bladeless procedures may be  more costly per eye but it is considered safer and much more effective than surgery using metal blades. Many doctors incorporate the extra cost into the overall price of the procedure.

The laser procedures allow the surgeons more flexibility with customizing the cornea cuts and shapes need to improve the vision. This results in fewer complications and faster healing times.

Anyone who experiences sensitivity to light after a LASIK procedure should consult their doctor. There are a few things you can do to give you some relief and comfort from the side effect.

Invest in some tinted or dark colored glasses. These will allow your eyes to adjust comfortably to lights and decrease the discomfort you are feeling from you photophobia. There are some eye drops that can be prescribed by your eye doctor to alleviate the condition. Drink lots of water and be sure to go to all of your follow up appointments after your procedure.

Sensitivity to light is uncomfortable but is usually just a temporary set back. Try to decrease or lower the lights in the environments and relax. If your light sensitivity does not resolve by ten weeks after your surgery, you may want to have your eye doctor run some tests to rule out any other eye conditions.




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