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Eye Sensitivity After LASIK

Eye Sensitivity After LASIK

Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and Los Angeles, California

After LASIK eye surgery, you can expect some heightened eye sensitivity as your eyes heal and adjust. This is normal, and will resolve itself over time. During your initial consultation, board certified Beverly Hills ophthalmologist Dr. Khanna will discuss in detail what you can expect in the days and weeks following LASIK.


Types of Eye Sensitivity Post-LASIK

There are three main types of eye sensitivity you may experience after LASIK:

  • Light sensitivity – This can last for a few weeks. If you are prone to migraines, increased light sensitivity after LASIK can make you more susceptible to them. Make sure you wear sunglasses anytime you go outdoors, and even indoors if you are under particularly bright lights.
  • Physical sensitivity – Sometimes, patients feel a limited amount of physical sensitivity around the eyes. This problem usually fades quickly, but regular pain medication can easily control the discomfort if patients need it.
  • Contrast sensitivity – For a short period of time after LASIK, you may find it difficult to differentiate between objects that are side by side and the same color/shade. For example, a person wearing white against a white background may appear to blend into the background.

All of these issues are temporary and will fade as your eyes continue to heal. Dr. Khanna will follow up with you closely throughout the healing process to ensure you are progressing normally, and address any abnormal symptoms that may arise.

Contrast Sensitivity and Your Final Results

Once your eyes have fully healed, the sensitivity problems discussed above will cease. However, your contrast sensitivity will be even better than it was before LASIK. You will be able to see more depth in your environment, and pick up on subtle visual changes more quickly. You will also have a higher level of “Snellen Acuity” – which is traditionally tested using a Snellen eye chart during regular exams. Snellen acuity determines how small of an object you can clearly make out.

For the overwhelming majority of our patients, temporary side effects like eye sensitivity after LASIK are nothing compared to the life-changing quality of vision they are left with.

If you have further questions about what to expect after LASIK, please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (888) 339-8143 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients throughout Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and Los Angeles, California.