How To Tell If Your Lasik Flap Has Moved

Just as we’re told our eyelids don’t move, they don’t actually. However, many people experience a quick blink of their ocular muscles after having had lasik surgery – and it can be difficult for a patient to tell if their flap has moved or not. This blog article will explain when your flap should have moved and how to tell if it did indeed, so you can get that issue checked out sooner rather than later!

What is a Lasik Flap?

Before getting lasik surgery, it is important to know what a lasik flap is. A lasik flap is the surgical procedure that helps you see better with your new corrected vision. When the doctor makes your lasik surgery, they will first make a cut in your eye so that they can remove the excess material on the outside of your eye. This excess material is called a “flap” and must be removed before the laser can correct your vision.

The flap is then replaced with a new, specially designed flap that helps correct your vision. After the surgery, you may feel like you have a stitch in your eye for a day or two. However, most people are very happy with their results and do not remember any discomfort from the surgery.

How Can You Tell If Your Lasik Flap Has Moved?

If you have had lasik surgery and are experiencing problems with your vision, one of the first steps you should take is to contact your doctor. If you are using a shield to read, one common symptom is that the lasik flap has moved. This can be determined by trying to move the flap yourself. If it moves easily and smoothly, it is most likely still in position. However, if it feels stiff or difficult to move, it may have moved. In this case, you will need to have your lasik surgery corrected in order to restore your vision.

If you notice that your flap has moved, take these steps to determine if it needs to be addressed:

-First, try to move the flap yourself by gently wiggling it around. If it moves easily and does not seem to be attached in any way, then it is likely that the flap has moved and should be addressed. If it is difficult or impossible to move the flap, then it is more likely that it is attached in some way and should wait until further notice.

-If you are unable to move the flap on your own, then you can ask your doctor or lasik surgeon to check it out. They may be able to do a visual examination or perform a procedure known as an ultrasound scan which can help them determine if the flap has moved.

If you believe that your flap has moved and needs immediate attention, please contact your doctor or Lasik Surgeon as soon as possible. As mentioned above, the flap needs to be addressed before it can fully mature and you may need additional surgeries to correct this complication.

Prevention Methods

Lasik surgery is a great way to improve your vision, but like with any other surgery there is a small chance that the flap used to create your new vision can move during the procedure. If this happens you may notice changes in your vision that make it difficult to see. Here are some tips on how to tell if your flap has moved and what to do about it:

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it is likely that your flap has moved and you should schedule an appointment with your doctor:

-You are having extreme difficulty seeing close up objects or anything that is close to your face

-You are seeing double or multiple images when looking at something close up

-You are seeing blurry or unclear images when looking out of the eye at distant objects

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible so they can check to see if the flap has moved and if corrective action needs to be taken. In some cases, corrective action may include moving or reattaching the flap.

When Is the Right Time to See a Doctor?

If you’re unhappy with your Lasik experience, it’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible. There are a number of warning signs that may suggest your flap has moved and you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Some of the most common signs that your Lasik surgery may not have gone well include: blurry or fuzzy vision after surgery, decreased sensitivity to light, difficulty focusing or reading, uneven eyesight, and sudden changes in your vision. If these symptoms are severe or continue for more than a few days, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your doctor so they can take a closer look at your case.


After having lasik surgery, it is important to be aware of the signs that your flap has moved. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it is imperative that you see your surgeon as soon as possible: increased dryness or irritation around your eye; decreased vision in one or both eyes; pain or pressure on the eye when trying to move it in any direction; redness, swelling, discharge, or changes in color around the eye. By being proactive and monitoring these symptoms, you can ensure a smooth post-op recovery and minimize potential complications down the road.