Photosensitivity after Laser Surgery

Refractive errors in the eye cause eye problems such as myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia. Various methods can be preferred to eliminate the effect of these defects and to correct vision. Laser treatment, which is one of the treatments that can be preferred for those who do not want to be condemned to glasses or contact lenses, is one of the most preferred treatment methods in this regard. Although it is a safe and fast treatment and is frequently preferred, it is important to keep in mind that laser treatment may cause temporary complications. We can also show the occurrence of photosensitivity after laser surgery among these complications.

Why does photosensitivity occur after laser surgery?

First of all, let’s try to answer the question of why photosensitivity occurs during laser eye surgery. During the laser operation, the patient’s corneal tissue is thinned to a certain extent. This process may cause mild irritation of the cornea. As a complication, we can see that increased sensitivity to light occurs.

Apart from this, there are other causes. Let’s list below other factors that may cause photosensitivity.

  • Sensitivity to light for a while due to the drops used during the operation.
  • Dry eye after laser and consequently increased sensitivity to light
  • Temporary corneal edema after laser surgery and consequently increased sensitivity to light

Lazer Ameliyatı Sonrası Işığa Duyarlılık

For these reasons, photosensitivity may occur after laser surgery. However, it should be noted that most of the time photosensitivity is a temporary condition. After the completion of the healing process, we expect the sensitivity to decrease and the effect to disappear. In case of persistent photosensitivity, the patient must be examined by a specialist doctor.

Assoc. Prof. Aylin Kılıç

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