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What are some of the side effects of refractive surgery?

Some patients experience fluctuation in their vision for the first few days following refractive surgery. Other common side effects that usually dissipate with time are: slightly scratchy sensation or dryness, increased tearing and light sensitivity, tender eyelids or mild eyelid swelling, sensitivity to smoke, and halos, ghosting, or starburst effects around objects or lights. Using your prescribed eye medications and artificial tear drops will soothe your eyes during the immediate postoperative period.