Ghosting After Wavefront Lasek

I had wavefront LASEK on one eye, two months ago using Wavelight Allegretto . Since then my vision has become sharp except for residual ghosting. The ghosted image becomes further apart in the dark. When I look up, the ghosting isn't noticeable - only when I look ahead. I am wondering what may be causing this ghosting...

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LASEK takes longer to recover than LASIK

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It is hard to tell exactly, but LASEK takes longer to recover than LASIK in general.  Hopefully this will get better with time.

New York Ophthalmologist

Ghosting after laser vision correction

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Ghosting and other night vision complaints can occur after laser vision correction. The most common reason may be healing of the eye the first few months after surgery especially after LASEK, which is a slower healing procedure than LASIK.  Some other factors which might contribute include dry eyes or a residual prescription still left, such as small amount of nearsightedness or astigmatism.  Try to be patient as time usually helps.  I would recommend that you let your eye doctor know your issues and be evaluated for improvement.

Sandy Feldman, MD
San Diego Ophthalmologist

Visual distrubances after laser vision correction

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Visual disturbances like ghosting, halos, starbursts etc. are common in the early post-operative period after LASIK, LASEK and PRK. These can be due to many factors including dryness, residual refractive error or simply just due to healing. The healing time with LASEK and PRK is typically longer than with LASIK. Rest assured that the majority of these visual disturbances disappear in time and most are gone by 6 months. If they persist longer, or are particularly bothersome now, have your surgeon carefully evaluate your eyes.

Christopher Starr, MD
New York Ophthalmologist

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