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Expectations After Any LASIK Surgery

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.

July 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Expectations After Any LASIK Surgery

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