Glare, Starbursts, Double Vision (Day and Night) @ 16 Months Post LASIK. DC Area.

Had LASIK 16mths ago and suffer from GASH & ghosting. Gets worse in low light but there's lots of glare during DAY (from headlights). Ghosting under normal lighting is also very noticeable when objects are place in front of a darker background. Also I have a constant foreign body sensation in one of my eyes. Doctor sees no problem!How could that be? He used WAVELIGHT Eye-Q; Ablation/ Optical/ Transition Zones of 9.00/7.00/1.00. Pupils size 7.5/8mm. Doctors in DC area who can help? Thanks!

Doctor Answers 2

Another opinion may be helpful

More details are required to answer your issue, but another opinion may be helpful.  I would look for someone from the American Academy of Ophthalmology website.  They can help you find a qualified specialist in your area.

New York Ophthalmologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Glare halos post after LASIK

First of all you need to have a punctal plug inserted in the punctum or outflow drain hole in the eye you have a foreign body sensation in. this will increase the thickness of your tear film and make you feel better, and can also actually make you see better as a secondary effect.

If that works to also help you see better, then just get a punctal plug in the other eye and you'll be fine!:)

If it only works w the comfort and not the vision, you may need to try a week or two of using a drop called alphagan at dusk or nighttime. This glaucoma drop has the side-effect of preventing your pupils from dilating at night, so if your symptoms get better on alphagan you know the cause is a treatment zone that didn't fully cover your pupil when it dilates at night.

If your night halos aren't so bad, then you can just use alphagan as needed, like when you're driving at night for a long time. If they're really bothersome, you may need to be retreated with a larger zone, and better-centered ablation, etc. it's hard for me to say specifically without reviewing your chart.

Emil William Chynn, MD, FACS, MBA
New York Ophthalmologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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