Losing Clarity After Laser Corrective Surgery 

After undergoing the sight-improving surgery that is laser vision correction, the last thing you expect is that your vision actually gets worse! But fear not, because for many people it takes a while for their eyesight to calm down after the operation.

The following delves into the reasons why you might lose clarity after the procedure and what can be done about it.

Laser Eye Surgery: Post-procedure problems 

  • Dry eye after laser eye surgery

Dry eye after laser eye surgery

In the days that follow your laser eye surgery procedure, some people do find that they have reduced vision for a few days. This might be reduced clarity or blurred vision.  

The first thing to say is… This is completely normal!

The most usual cause of this is dry eyes and is a temporary condition. It’s treated with over-the-counter eye drops, known as artificial tears. These provide the eyes with the lubrication and nutrition necessary until the body’s tear production returns to normal.

Speak to your ophthalmologist if this happens to you. In the vast majority of cases, dry eyes gradually reduce, and you’ll end up with the excellent vision that you hoped for post-surgery.

Losing Clarity Years After Laser Eye Surgery 

  • Reasons your eyesight might regress long after laser eye surgery

Reasons your eyesight might regress long after laser eye surgery

While laser vision correction is usually highly effective, it’s not a life-long cure for refractive errors. This is because the eyes continue to age and evolve, even after surgery.  

The following are some of the reasons why you might lose clarity years after undergoing laser vision correction:

  • Nearsightedness: If you suffered from this before the procedure, the condition may continue to progress over the years. In some cases, further laser vision correction might be necessary to counteract this, or you might have to begin wearing corrective lenses for various activities.
  • Age-related visual deterioration: Also known as presbyopia, this is the main reason for gradual pot-procedure deterioration. The natural aging process causes the lens of the eye to become stiff, meaning it can’t easily adjust from close up to distant vision. There is a laser procedure to counteract this, whereby one eye is treated for far vision and the other for near.
  • Farsightedness: It’s more complicated to treat distance vision issues with laser surgery than it is to treat close-up difficulties. As well as this, farsightedness is more likely to continue to progress, even after laser surgery. Your ophthalmologist will either suggest a further laser procedure or will treat it with corrective lenses.

Other eye diseases can also cause deterioration, such as diabetes, macular degeneration, or cataracts. 

The most important takeaway is that, even after having had laser corrective surgery, you should continue to attend your regular eye examinations each year (or at whatever interval your eye doctor recommends). That way, even if you do experience reduced clarity, this can be monitored and the correct plan put in place to ensure you continue to have the best vision possible.

Get The Ultimate Laser Eye Surgery Results at the West Boca Eye Center 

Laser vision correction has advanced dramatically over the past decades. One of the pioneers of the procedure is Dr. Brent Bellotte, the lead clinician at the WBEC. This world-renowned ophthalmologist has dedicated his career to not only providing outstanding patient care but also to clinical research.

One of his passions is that of laser eye surgery. Therefore, his purpose-built, academic-grade West Boca Eye Center can often offer cutting-edge advancements way before they become mainstream. 

If you’re considering laser vision correction, then surely you owe it to yourself to get the best on offer?  

Discover more about Bellotte and his extraordinary team https://westbocaeyecenter.com/services/laser-vision-correction/