These patterns around lights, called glare or halos, are common to some degree in all people, including those who have never had laser vision correction. To demonstrate this for yourself, simply look at a full moon and you will notice that there is a small glow or fuzziness around the edge of the image. It is an inherent part of vision, and most people simply accept it as normal. Immediately after laser vision correction, the glare is usually more pronounced, and in a different pattern, than the glare experienced before the procedure. Typically, this dramatically decreases over a 3-6 months period. For those people who experience this, it is generally something they notice, but not something that interferes with their lifestyle. Glare/halos are more common in
- laser vision patients with very large pupils, in particular those whose pupils are larger than the treatment area of the laser
- patients with very large degrees of correction
- Treatments with older laser technology.
This effect is greatly diminished with the newer laser technologies, which allow treatment zones that are larger than all the largest pupils. With the newer lasers, 11% of patients say that their nighttime driving ability is now significantly better than it was with their glasses or contacts, 1% say that it is now significantly worse than it was with their glasses or contacts, and the remaining 88% say that night driving after laser vision correction is about the same as it was with their glasses or contacts. We will carefully evaluate your pupil size in 3 different light levels during our Pre-Lasik evaluation, and will provide you with the treatment that is most likely to result in the best daytime and nighttime vision for you.