Curious to know what side effects you may experience after having cataract or LASIK surgery? Here are a few side effects that could happen to you after surgery:

  1. On the first day, you may feel like you’re looking through cellophane. Once you wake up the next morning, everything you see will be dramatically clearer and crisper.
  2. Right after surgery, you will experience some minor discomfort where your eyes feel dry, itchy, gritty, or as if there is sand in your eye. The peak of discomfort will hit about 2 hours after the surgery, and will last between 8 to 10 hours. Fortunately, once you wake up the next day, the discomfort should be gone.
  3. The most dramatic changes in vision occur within the first 24 hours.
  4. Vision changes will continue over the next several months. Daily fluctuation in your vision is very normal during this timeframe.
  5. Until you feel completely confident in your vision, you should not attempt to drive or operate heavy equipment.
  6. Redness, irritation, and discomfort will progressively diminish over time.
  7. LASIK does not always achieve perfect vision immediately and in fact, perfect vision is not guaranteed, nor should it be expected.
  8. Sometimes blurred vision can occur if the full refractive correction was not achieved with the initial surgery, a follow-up touch-up procedure is occasionally required.
  9. Sometimes dryness can prevent the best vision until it resolves, which can take 3 months or longer.
  10. Inflammation can also delay your best vision and may require prolonged use of eye drops to help it resolve.
  11. Sometimes a broken blood vessel may occur during surgery. This would be called a subconjunctival hemorrhage and might take several weeks to resolve. If it is located entirely on the white portion of your eye it should not interfere with vision.

Fortunately, all side effects are minor and should be gone as the eyes heal. For more questions about possible side effects after cataract or LASIK surgery, contact LaserVue for a free consultation at 1-800-LASER-45 (1-800-527-3745).