Laser Eye Surgery Can Harm Your Night Vision

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

Laser Eye Surgery Can Harm Your Night VisionThere 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.

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About Orlin Sorensen

My vision started to get blurry as a young teenager. Soon I was wearing glasses for just about everything. This was a hard blow for me because I had always dreamed of becoming a U.S. Navy fighter pilot which required perfect vision without glasses or surgery. But I wasn't ready to give up on my dreams, so I looked into every possible alternative which led me to eye exercises. Through daily vision training and eye exercises, I improved my vision from 20/85 to 20/20 and passed the Navy's visual acuity test. In fact Men's Health declared this one of the "Greatest Comebacks of All Time!" Now, I'm sharing exactly how I did it with the program that helped me so people like you can improve your vision safely and naturally, without glasses, contacts or laser surgery.

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4 comments to Laser Eye Surgery Can Harm Your Night Vision
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  1. Pukhraj #

    I had undergone lasik surgery 4 month before. Now I can see clearly without glass, no night vision problem and no dry eyes problem. Can it be possible to hide from eye surgeon that I had undergone lasik treatmetns.

  2. zam #

    I did laser eye surgery in 2008 in Optimax, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. So far, I don’t have any problem with NIGHT VISION or dry eyes. Thank you to Dr Steven, I can see clearly the world without contact lens 🙂

  3. Shirley #

    The problems associated with Lasik will surfaced after the 10th year or so. I had Lasik done in Year 2000. It was only after the tenth year then all the said problems such as dry eyes, night vision etc start to surface. Worse still, eyesight also start to deteriorate.
    Most people think that Lasik is good which to a certain extend. However, I do regret having had Lasik done as it takes so much longer now to improve my eyesight using these natural methods while my friend get faster results as she has not gone under Lasik.

  4. Jane #

    Great tips here! I Refractive or laser eye surgery is not the right one for everyone. Doing a self evaluation before getting eye surgery is always important. The person should not have any history or findings of active corneal disease. Usually ever after laser surgery the person is expected to wear glasses under certain situations specially when driving at night. The candidate should not be nursing or pregnant when undergoing laser surgery. But for some people who find it difficult to wear eye glasses and for those who are looking for career opportunities like Air force, for them this is the better option.I found a similar blog that explains how to know if you are an eligible candidate for laser surgery: https://www.goldbergcentre.com/blog/vision-care/should-i-have-laser-eye-surgery/

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