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Understanding LASIK Eye Surgery Side Effects
Apr 26, 2022 • All articles

Understanding LASIK Eye Surgery Side Effects

If you’re interested in undergoing vision correction, then it’s important to understand LASIK eye surgery side effects. At our Greenberg LASIK locations in Louisville and Indianapolis, we treat a variety of common vision problems, such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism (blurry vision at all distances) through laser eye surgery.

LASIK is widely regarded as one of the safest elective medical procedures available due to its minimal side effects, short recovery time, and high-quality results. This is what you can expect from LASIK eye surgery side effects after undergoing the procedure.

LASIK Eye Surgery Side Effects

During the surgery, you can expect little to no discomfort. It’s normal to experience a slight pressure around the eyes during LASIK, but many of our patients report experiencing no pain during the actual surgery.

Afterwards, you’ll likely see an improvement in your eyes right away, though it’s normal to experience several side effects as your eyes heal in the days following LASIK, such as:

  • Soreness: The area surrounding your eyes as well as the eyes themselves may feel slightly sore following LASIK. This is normal and is caused by the pressure put on the eyes during the surgery. This will subside in a few days.
  • Dry Eyes: LASIK can temporarily decrease tear production, which can result in dry eyes. After your surgery, you’ll be provided with lubricating eye drops that will help manage the symptoms of dry eyes. This symptom is temporary and will subside in the weeks after your surgery.
  • Glares, halos, and double vision: It’s normal to have trouble seeing at night after LASIK. You may be more sensitive to light and can experience halos or glares when looking at bright lights. This can last between a few days or weeks, but it’s temporary and will improve as your eyes heal.


Everyone heals from LASIK differently, so the time it takes for you to see an improvement in LASIK surgery side effects may differ from another person. In some cases, people can experience little to no side effects. It’s important to carefully follow the post-operative guidelines given to you by your LASIK surgeon to ensure a smooth recovery.

Even though LASIK can come with minimal side effects, the recovery is very quick. In general, LASIK patients are back to their normal routines within 24-hours of the surgery. LASIK is a life-changing procedure, and one of its benefits is that the quick recovery time means it won’t interrupt your busy life.

At Greenberg LASIK, we take the aftercare of our patients very seriously. We’ll ensure your understand LASIK eye surgery side effects before your procedure and will address any questions or concerns you may have. We’ll also closely monitor your healing and any side effects at follow-up appointments. Rest assured, you’re in good hands when you choose Greenberg LASIK.

If you’re in the Louisville or Indianapolis areas, book a free, no-obligation consultation at Greenberg LASIK with Dr. Jason Greenberg to get on the path towards clear vision. Our team will perform a series of painless diagnostic tests to determine what surgery will best suit your eyes so you can start seeing clearly as soon as possible. Book a free consultation with Greenberg LASIK today.