Millions of people have laser eye surgery, like LASIK, performed to improve their vision every year. For some, the surgery is successful and their vision improves to the point where they don’t have to wear corrective lenses any longer. For others, the surgery isn’t so successful and while maybe their vision improves slightly, it doesn’t improve enough to allow them to see clearly without glasses or contacts. Then there are the people whose vision actually gets worse after the surgery. Sometimes the worsening vision is just temporary, but other times the changes are permanent.
Loss of Night Vision
There are many side effects of laser eye surgery ranging from minor side effects such as dry eye to more severe side effects such as complete loss of vision. Laser eye surgery can even affect your night vision, sometimes so badly that you won’t be able to drive safely at night anymore.
There are many people who have never had laser eye surgery who suffer from night blindness, and those who have difficulty seeing clearly at night are often not good candidates for laser eye surgery. Night blindness can occur for a number of reasons such as diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, and sometimes it can occur due to other medical issues.
However, there have been reports of people who have had surgery on their eyes and have then experienced a loss of vision at night, seeing halos around lights, having blurred vision at night, and sometimes headlights from oncoming vehicles distort their vision to the point that driving at night is no longer an option for them.
For some people, while losing the ability to see clearly at night is an inconvenience and requires them to change certain aspects of their life, they can pretty much go on with life as it was before they had the laser eye surgery. However, for others, losing the ability to see at night is a life-changing problem because there are many careers that require good eyesight for the job.
Take for example, pilots. Pilots must be able to fly at night in order to perform their job, so having night blindness means the end of their careers. Then there are over-the-road truck drivers who often have to drive through the night to get to where they’re going. Having night blindness means they cannot perform the requirements of their job either. There are also police officers whose jobs could be greatly affected by night blindness and multiple other careers as well.
Assessing the Risks
In many cases, the people who have experienced night blindness after having laser eye surgery performed were not aware that loss of night vision was an aftereffect of the surgery. This could be because it wasn’t known at the time that they had their surgery that night vision loss was a possibility. Then there are others who knew that it was a possibility but decided to go ahead with the surgery anyway.
If you are considering having laser eye surgery done, you should look into all the different options and methods available. Pay careful attention to the all of the risks, side-effects and aftereffects that are known to be associated with the surgery. Compare the risks of one type of surgery with the risks of all the others to see which surgical option has the fewest risks.
It may also be a good idea to do quite a bit of in-depth research on laser eye surgery to see what people who have had the surgery performed are saying. What were their experiences like? What type of surgery did they have done? Has their sight improved or gotten worse?
The FDA recommends carefully looking at and comparing the benefits and the risks associated with not only the laser eye surgery itself, but also look carefully into information about the equipment that is used for the surgery as well as the manufacturer of said equipment. Even more importantly, be very careful about who and where you go to for the surgery and do plenty of research into the doctor and medical facility that is offering the surgery.
Improve Your Vision Naturally
Many people don’t realize that it isn’t actually necessary to spend thousands of dollars on a serious medical procedure to correct your vision. There are many ways you can improve your vision on your own from the comfort of your own home and without risking making your vision worse or losing it altogether.
The first thing you can do is to eat healthier. Believe it or not, what you eat can and does affect your eyesight. There are so many different nutrients out there that are extremely beneficial for your eyes and your vision. Beta-carotenes, omega-3s, and zinc are just a few of the eye-healthy nutrients you should be sure to include in your daily diet.
Eye vitamins can naturally strengthen your eyes and improve your vision over time. Many people have used eye vitamins to improve their vision so much that they no longer need to wear corrective lenses, and they’ve done it without harming any part of their vision at all.
If you want to see better without the help of glasses or contacts, it may be worth it to try eating healthier before you make the drastic decision to have an expensive surgical procedure done that may do more harm than good.