star bursts at night

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star bursts at night

Postby GeneralPatientInquiry » Sun Jun 04, 2006 4:42 am

I had lasik 3 weeks ago with wave front tech. The problem I am haveing is seeing star bursts. At night street lights have a big starburst. This is only when the lights are in dark areas, and at certain distance. When the street light are far away there is no star burst. When driveing at night car head lights have them when at distance but when they get closer they go away. In well lighted areas such as in down town there are no star bursts everything looks fine. Also I do not see as well indoors as outside in normal light. I am seeing 20/20 but indoors things are a little blury. I have been told that lots of people get star bursts, but that most likely they will go away in time. My eyes were quite bad before the surgery, so quite a bit of correction was needed. My question is do star burst problems normally go away, if so about how long does it take, and if they do not go away can it be corrected. Note- they right eye is worse than the left, if I cover up the right eye the bottom have of the star burst is gone, but still have star burst on the top of the light.
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Postby LasikExpert » Sun Jun 04, 2006 4:44 am


Starbursting lights at night and poor vision indoors is not exactly common, but is a known vision limitation during the normal six month LASIK healing period. The light coming through the edge of the LASIK treatment zone is being bent differently and is distorted. This causes blur that will often present itself as starbursts from light sources at night. Continued healing usually resolves this problem, but it can take weeks to months.

You may ask your doctor if you can use Alphagan P eye drops. This is actually a glaucoma medicine, but it also causes the pupils to restrict slightly in low light environments. This may be an acceptable relief while your eyes heal.

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