If you have farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism, you will benefit from Lasik surgery. Lasik allows you to see without wearing glasses or contacts. It has a very high success rate and minimal risks, though you should be aware of the potential side effects before getting this procedure. Here are the common side effects and potential complications associated with this procedure.

Risk Factors

If you have certain risk factors, your optometrist may advise against getting the Lasik procedure. While most people are good candidates, you are a higher risk if you

  • Are an older adult
  • Have unstable vision
  • Have thin or irregular corneas
  • Have large pupils
  • Suffer from dry eyes
  • Are pregnant
  • Have high refractive error
  • Have an active autoimmune disorder

Temporary Discomfort

The first type of side effect you may experience after getting Lasik surgery is actually temporarily. Shortly after your procedure, you may feel some mild irritation or light sensitivity, or mild discomfort. This is completely normal and a result of the procedure itself. Some other temporary side effects include hazy vision, reduced sharpness of vision, or starbursts in low light environments.

Dry Eyes

You might also experience dry eyes after your Lasik procedure. The decrease in tear production leads to dry eyes, which can also cause some blurred vision and mild eye discomfort. This is a temporary condition that usually rights itself on its own. However, if it is causing you a lot of discomfort, consult your eye doctor. They will give you lubricating eye drops or look into other treatments if it continues.

Overcorrection or Undercorrection

While there is a high success rate with this corrective eye surgery, it is not without its risks. You may have overcorrection or undercorrection as a result of the surgery. It is ideal to have 20/20 vision, but this may not be what you get. You may notice that while your vision has definitely improved, you still need glasses or contacts for certain things, or that the intense brightness due to overcorrection is distracting you.


Getting an infection of the eye after having Lasik corrective surgery is not common, but it is something you should be aware of. Even if you do get an infection, it should be temporary. Your eye doctor will give you anti-inflammatory medication or antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection, or treat it with a round of antibiotics.

Talk to an eye doctor or ophthalmologist, such as those found at Nevada Institute Of Ophthalmology, about other side effects or to discuss any concerns you might have about this procedure.