LASIK surgery & night vision: What to expect
If you wear glasses, the idea of laser eye surgery may seem like a dream come true—the chance to ditch the frames for good. But with any medical procedure, it pays to do your research first. In this blog post, we’ll cover what you can expect from LASIK surgery and night vision.
How Does LASIK Work?
LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, which is a long way of saying that a laser is used to reshape the cornea of your eye to improve your vision. It’s a relatively simple procedure that takes as little as 15 minutes per eye. During the procedure, an eye surgeon will use a laser to remove microscopic amounts of tissue from the surface of your cornea to correct any imperfections which are causing blurred or distorted vision. The results are usually immediate, and most people with LASIK notice improved vision within 24 hours after their procedure.
Night Vision After LASIK
When it comes to night vision after LASIK surgery, most patients experience improved vision compared to pre-operative levels. LASIK can reduce or eliminate refractive errors that cause poor night vision, such as myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. However, some patients may still experience difficulties seeing in low light conditions due to other factors like dry eyes or glare from bright lights. As with any surgical procedure, each patient’s recovery time varies depending on individual circumstances, so discussing your specific case with your doctor before proceeding with any treatment plan is essential.
Suppose you wear glasses or contacts and are considering having laser eye surgery (LASIK). In that case, it’s essential to understand what kind of results you can expect with regard to your nighttime vision—especially if you do most of your driving at night or in low-light conditions.
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