Does LASIK Impair Night Vision?

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Can LASIK Reduce Night Vision? | Chicago, ILFor the vast majority of patients, LASIK eye surgery is a safe and successful means of improving your vision. However, some reports and surveys have found that a minority of patients who have undergone the procedure suffer from a variety of issues. These side effects generally occur in low light, or near light sources at night.

Conditions that have been reported after LASIK surgery may include:

  • Glare
  • Halos
  • Starbursts
  • Lack of low light vision

It’s important to remember that most people who undergo LASIK do not experience these symptoms. In fact, a study of more than 500 LASIK patients found that far more people who had the procedure actually saw an improvement in their night vision, and a decrease in the incidence of glare, halos, and starbursts.

Furthermore, over 95% of the participants had 20/20 vision or better three months after LASIK.

To reduce the likelihood that you experience night vision problems, it’s important to make sure that your ophthalmologist uses advanced technology like Wavefront imaging to map the eye and customize your surgery accordingly. Ophthalmologists you consider should also have a record of success with the procedure, and people willing to testify to their skill.

With many years experience performing LASIK and over 48,000 procedures completed, Dr. Richard B. Foulkes is an excellent choice to perform your LASIK eye surgery. Dr. Foulkes keeps up to date with LASIK technology, and he can help you get the vision improvement you need while minimizing the risk of any issues with your night vision. To schedule an appointment at Dr. Foulkes’s Chicago practice, call 630-724-1400.