Fed up with the constant hassle of glasses or the never-ending cost of contacts and supplies, you’ve decided to get LASIK surgery. Choosing to restore your vision to a level where you’ll no longer need glasses or contacts is a big decision but you’ve done your research and feel that it’s a good fit for you. While you should always consult your eye doctor with any questions or concerns, here are the general recovery phases for most LASIK surgery patients and what to expect after LASIK eye surgery so you will be able to discuss better with your doctor.
- Immediately following surgery, you may experience mild discomfort and slight pain. It may feel like you have something in your eye but it is important to never rub your eyes during the recovery because you may dislodge the cornea flap. The discomfort should not last long at all.
- Don’t be alarmed if you experience dark red spots on the whites of your eyes, this is similar to bruising and will go away in a few days.
- Your surgeon will prescribe eye drops for artificial tears to help with the mild discomfort; also they may prescribe antibiotic drops to prevent infection.
- The day after surgery you will have a follow-up with your surgeon to discuss any symptoms you have and to check out the healing of corneas. The next appointments are usually at the one, three and six-month marks and until vision has stabilized.
- Your vision may be a bit blurry and/or hazy for the first two weeks. However, this is normal as the cornea heals and your vision stabilizes.
- Your vision may fluctuate, as well over the recovery process and your surgeon should describe to you what to expect for your situation. Difficulty driving at night due to haloes or glares may be present for a few weeks to a few months after surgery.
However, in the unlikely event that your LASIK surgery is unsatisfactory or if your vision changes over time there is an option for you. LASIK Enhancement is a follow-up procedure to make any further corrections that are necessary. With the advances in technology, the need for this procedure is very unlikely, however, each patient is different. If your vision is noticeable blurred still 3 months after surgery, you may need enhancement. The enhancement procedure is almost the exact same except for one small detail, the surgeon lifts the cornea flap that was made during the first procedure since it is not necessary to create a new one. After that, the surgeon will use the laser to reshape the cornea to the necessary shape to correct the issues.
So don’t be alarmed if you feel that LASIK has a huge risk of being unsuccessful, the satisfaction rate is extremely high and in the rare cases that patients aren’t completely satisfied, there is an option to correct the issues. For more information visit your nearest Diamond Vision office or visit them online for more information regarding LASIK surgery at www.diamondvision.com.