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Night vision disturbances after successful LASIK surgery
  1. César Villa1,
  2. Ramón Gutiérrez2,
  3. José Ramón Jiménez3,
  4. José Manuel González-Méijome4
  1. 1Clínica Oftalmológica Novovisión, Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid, Spain
  2. 2Department of Ophthalmology, University of Murcia, Spain
  3. 3Department of Optics, School of Sciences. University of Granada, Spain
  4. 4Department of Physics (Optometry), School of Sciences, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to: José Manuel González-Méijome Departamento de Física, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar 4710-057 Braga, Portugal; jgmeijome{at}


Objective: To evaluate the changes in correlations of higher order aberrations of the first corneal surface with halo phenomena, a form of image degradation, under night vision conditions measured objectively after successful LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis) surgery.

Methods: A prospective, observational, analytical study of 110 eyes that had undergone successful LASIK surgery for myopia and astigmatism. Preoperative sphere was (mean (SD)) −3.48 (1.70) D (0 to −8.00 D) and preoperative cylinder was −0.86 (0.87) D (0 to −4.00 D). Visual disturbance caused by halo phenomena was measured with the Starlights v1.0, and pupil size was measured with Colvard pupilometry after adaptation to a dark environment (0.17 lux). Corneal aberrations were computed for a corneal diameter representative of the eye’s entrance pupil under night vision conditions.

Results: The halo disturbance index increased in this study by a factor of 2.15 after successful LASIK surgery. Total root mean square for monochromatic higher order aberration displayed a significant correlation with halo disturbance index (r = 0.42; p<0.01). However, only secondary astigmatism (r = 0.36; p<0.01), coma (r = 0.25; p = 0.02) and spherical aberration (r = 0.40; p<0.01) were responsible for such behaviour, with the remaining corneal aberrations up to the sixth order not displaying any significant correlation when considered individually.

Conclusion: Patients undergoing LASIK procedures display an increase of halo phenomena around lights in night vision conditions, even when the results of the surgery are considered entirely satisfactory according to current international standards of predictability, efficacy and safety. Secondary astigmatism, coma and spherical aberration are the higher order aberrations up to the sixth order that significantly correlated with halo disturbance index.

  • HDI, halo disturbance index
  • LASIK, laser in situ keratomileusis
  • NVD, night vision disturbance
  • Rms, root mean square
  • SRI, surface regularity index

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  • Published Online First 2 April 2007

  • Competing interests: None.

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