LASIK Complications: How They Affect You and How They Are Treated
Complications Symptoms Treatments
Incomplete corrections (undercorrection, overcorrection, residual astigmatism) or regression of effect Blurry, less-than-perfect vision Glasses or contact lenses; eyedrops; re-treatment with laser
Decentered ablations Visual aberrations* Eyedrops; re-treatment with laser
Oversize pupils (pupils wider than treatment zone) Visual aberrations* Eyedrops; re-treatment with laser
Haze Visual aberrations* Eyedrops; re-treatment with laser
Irregular flap (folds, wrinkles, striae) Visual aberrations* Surgical correction; second laser procedure
Dry eye Dry, itchy or scratchy eyes, often with redness and sense of foreign object in eye, and sometimes pain Prescription dry eye medication; artificial tears; punctal occlusion (blockage of tear ducts in order to retain tear film on eye), oral flaxseed oil
Diffuse lamellar keratitis (eye inflammation) Visual aberrations* Eyedrops; surgical rinsing of cells
Epithelial ingrowth Visual aberrations* Surgical removal of epithelium
Infection Redness, oozing of eyes, sometimes pain Eyedrops; oral medications
*Visual aberrations include symptoms such as glare, double vision, ghosting, halos, starbursts, loss of contrast sensitivity, and problems with low-light or night vision. Not all patients experience all symptoms, and some patients with these complications experience no symptoms and require no treatment. Chart created by Keith Croes