Optometrist Questions Corrective eye surgery

My mother is unable to see clearly even after the corrective eye surgery. What should I do now?

My mother is 59 years old and underwent a vision correcting surgery to get rid of her glasses. However, even after the surgery she is unable to see clearly. What could be the reason for this? We also aren't sure about what to do next.

9 Answers

Please revisit the clinic where she had her surgery to receive a more detailed explanation of what her visual expectations should be.
Your mother should definitely see her local optometrist to evaluate her eyes for any diseases or complications from the surgery. She could also reach out to her surgeon to see if there were any problems as a result.
Hi there,

I would go back to the surgeon that did the procedure for a follow up to address her concerns. They may be able to do some enhancements, but before then, also to evaluate and give reasons as to why the vision may not be as clear as she hoped. There could be multiple reasons, but the surgeon should be able to give some answers.


Dr. C Li, OD
Vision is multi factorial and there can be many reasons why the vision isn’t clear. Step one is to go back to the surgeon to see if there are any residual post operative complications.
What type of vision correction surgery? And what can she not see clearly, near or far? She may have other problems with her eyes that the surgery can't correct. She needs to see her optometrist.
Go back to your doctor. There may be a complication from the surgery such as macular problem, retina or lens.
Return to your surgeon.
I would recommend your mother go back to the eye surgeon that performed her procedure, and voice her concerns. The surgeon should be able to give her a reasonable answer. However, It is impossible for me to give a reasonable answer to your question without knowing all the facts. For instance, did your mother undergo monovision LASIK procedure where the surgical procedure results in one eye seeing distance, and the other eye seeing near? Regardless, it is always best to return to the original eye surgeon who performed the procedure, so that he/she can fully address your concerns.
This could be from multiple reasons. My experience with corrective surgery patients tends to be a problem with the surface of the eye (cornea). Without a full examination, it is hard to say exactly what the problem might be.

Dr. David Johnson