are a relatively common condition in the population, especially older individuals, regardless of undergoing laser eye surgery. Your optometrist will assess the dryness of your eyes and determine if you meet our standards, which not all patients do, in order to proceed with surgery.
Despite meeting the standards, a feeling of dry eye can occur after the procedure and is the most common side effect. If it were to occur, the dryness is usually short lived and resolves within the first several months after surgery. It is managed with eye drops or artificial tears/gels which are provided at no cost to you during the first twelve months post operatively. However, in rare cases the dryness may persist and require long-term treatment.
Some people may notice visual symptoms after surgery, such as glare, rings around lights and hazy vision. These are usually mild and resolve soon after surgery. However, it is possible that they might not go away completely or be so noticeable as to impair daily activities.
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Loss of vision
It is important to appreciate that no one has ever gone blind from laser eye surgery in the UK. But in very rare instances, patients may lose some lines of best corrected vision. This means if a person were able to read the 20/20 line with their glasses before the procedure, they may not be able to read the 20/20 line with glasses or contacts after the procedure.
This loss of best corrected vision can be due to scarring or irregularities on the surface of the eye. There is also the remote possibility of infection or other rare occurrences that could cause loss of vision or even the need for a corneal transplant. However to provide some perspective, many people now believe that the risks of laser eye surgery are less than wearing contact lenses.
To help minimize these very rare risks, it is important to attend follow-up appointments to monitor progress and take all medicines as directed.