Complications & Risks Of LASIK - Starbursts

Clinical Trials For LASIK Demonstrates That Six Months After Surgery, 19.7% Report Glare (Starbursts)

Starbursting refers to rays or fine filaments coming off lights. At night, these rays can become dramatically longer and denser. Starbursts usually only affect nighttime vision, but in some cases can appear around lights at any time of the day.

Complications & Risks Of LASIK - Starbursts

Reasons Of Starbursts After LASIK

The most common cause of starbursts is to do with pupil size. In darkened conditions the pupil dilates/widens, allowing light to enter the eye through both the central and peripheral cornea areas. If when LASIK Eye Surgery is performed the treatment zone for vision correction does not cover the area of the cornea which allows in light during darkness, then light will enter through the uncorrected peripheral cornea causing the starbursting affect.


The complications most commonly disappear within the first month, but if symptoms persist, prescription eye drops that restrict the pupil size at night, or contact lenses can usually remedy this problem.