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Starbursts After
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Starbursts from light sources can occur naturally, can be exacerbated by refractive surgery, or can be induced by refractive surgery.

Naturally occurring daytime starbursts may be caused by dry eye, epithelial problems, or higher order aberrations within the optics of the eye.  A comprehensive examination before surgery including wavefront aberrometry can help to determine if the patient is predisposed to an increase in starbursts with refractive surgery.

Daylight occurring starbursts after conventional or wavefront Lasik, Bladeless Lasik, PRK, LASEK, and Epi-Lasik, may be caused by uneven or rough ablations, induced temporary dry eyes, induced epithelial problems, striae, or slow healing issues.

Starbursts that occur only in low light environments after conventional or wavefront Lasik, All-Laser Lasik, PRK, LASEK, or Epi-Lasik tend to be caused by undercorrection, residual or induced astigmatism, or optical ablation zones smaller than the naturally dilated pupil. See Pupil Size for a detailed explanation of pupil size and ablation size issues.

In many cases, both daytime and night time refractive surgery induced starbursts dissipate with healing. An evaluation by a competent doctor is necessary when starbursts after refractive surgery are greater than before surgery.

If you are ready to choose a doctor to be evaluated for Lasik or any refractive surgery procedure, we highly recommend you consider a doctor who has been evaluated and certified by the USAEyes nonprofit organization. Locate a USAEyes Evaluated & Certified Laser Eye Surgeon.

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Last updated Saturday, August 18, 2012

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