After Lasik
Eye Surgery Care

LASIK or INTRALASIK PROCEDURE POST OP INSTRUCTIONS

Your vision will depend on good LASIK post op care. Please carefully follow these instructions and record your daily medication usage on the form that was given to you.

For the first 3–4 hours after surgery, try to nap or rest with your eyes closed. You do NOT need to wake up to put drops in if you are napping or sleeping.

Shake all bottles used for after LASIK care before using. Place one drop in each operated eye. Wait one minute between drops. When using drops, do not let the bottle top touch your eye.

MEDICATIONS TO TAKE BEFORE YOUR LASIK or INTRALASIK PROCEDURE THE DAY OF SURGERY

Please use in the following order:
  1.  Steroid (Durezol or Prednisolone) 4 times a day;
  2. Antibiotic (Ends in — Floxacin) 4 times a day;
  3. Artificial Tears (Refresh Tears) use every 2 hours while awake. Preservative Free tears recommended for the first week at minimum. Keep refrigerated when at home.

MEDICATIONS TO TAKE AFTER YOUR LASIK or INTRALASIK PROCEDURE ONE WEEK AFTER SURGERY

Please use in the following order:
  1. Steroid (Durezol) 2 times a day. If it’s prednisolone, then 4 times a day;
  2. Antibiotic (Ends in — Floxacin) 4 times a day;
  3. Artificial Tears (Refresh Tears) use every 2 hours during the day for the first 2–3 months.

Precautions

  • Do not read, watch television or work on a computer AFTER your surgery for the rest of the day;
  • Follow the prescribed course of eye drops (see medications);
  • Wear your eye shields at night for one week. Use the tape to fasten shields to your eyes;
  • Do not rub your eyes for 3 weeks;
  • You may take a shower the day AFTER surgery but keep your eyes closed. Do not allow water to spray directly onto your face. Avoid soap or shampoo in your eyes for 1 week; 
  • Eye cosmetics should not be used for 1 week;
  • Avoid excessive workouts for 5 days;
  • Do not swim, use a sauna or hot tub for 2 weeks following your surgery;
  • No scuba diving for 3 weeks; 
  • Use sunglasses when outdoors for the first 3 weeks to protect your eyes from wind and dust;
  • You may fly 5 days after surgery.

What to expect after laser eye procedures

  • On the day of surgery your eyes may burn, sting and tear excessively;
  • You may feel a foreign body sensation and tearing in the operated eye(s) for the next 12 hours;
  • Your vision may fluctuate slightly over the next 2 months (especially with reading or using a computer);
  • You may initially notice loss of detail at night with glare and starbursts. These symptoms tend to resolve gradually over the next few months.

of those diagnosed with Dry Eye actually have symptoms caused by MGD.
This treatment is designed to restore the natural oil flow to the tear film that covers the eye’s surface.

PRK Procedure

MEDICATIONS TO TAKE BEFORE YOUR PRK PROCEDURE

Your vision will depend on good post-operative care. Please carefully follow these instructions and record your daily medication usage on the form that was given to you. Shake all bottles before using. Place one drop in each operated eye. Wait one minute between drops. When using drops, do not let the bottle top touch your eye. You do NOT need to wake up to put drops in if you are napping or sleeping. THE DAY OF SURGERY Please use in the following order:
  1.  Antibiotic (Endsin — Floxacin) 4 times a day;
  2. Steroid (Durezol or Prednisolone) every 2 hours;
  3. Prolensa or Ketorolac (in clear package) 3 times a day for 3 days;
  4. Artificial Tears (Refresh Plus Preservative Free) every 2 hours (at least 8 times per day) for 3 months. Keep refrigerated when at home;
FILL PRESCRIPTION:
  • 800 mg Ibuprofen or 4 Advil tablets 3 times a day. To take the first 3 days by mouth even if you do not experience any pain!
  • Vicodin 1 to 2 tablets by mouth every 6 hours as needed if you still have pain. Vicodin is a narcotic prescription drug. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this medication!

MEDICATIONS TO TAKE AFTER YOUR PRK PROCEDURE

THE DAYS AFTER SURGERY

Starting the day after surgery until the contact lenses are removed BY THE DOCTOR, please use in the following order: 

  1. Antibiotic (Endsin-Floxacin) 4 times a day;
  2. Steroid (Durezol) 2 times a day. If it’s prednisolone, then 4 times a day; 
  3. Acular (in clear package) 4 times a day for pain for the 1st 3 days following your procedure;
  4. Artificial Tears (Refresh Plus Preservative Free) every 2 hours (at least 8 times per day) keeping refrigerated when at home.

FILL PRESCRIPTION: 

  • 800 mg Ibuprofen or 4 Advil tablets 3 times a day. To take the first 3 days by mouth even if you do not experience any pain!
  • Vicodin 1 to 2 tablets by mouth every 6 hours as needed if you still have pain. Vicodin is a narcotic prescription drug. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this medication!

Precautions

  • DO NOT REMOVE CONTACT LENSES!
  • Follow the prescribed course of eye drops (see medications); 
  • Do not read, watch television or work on a computer AFTER your surgery for the rest of the day;
  • If the contact lenses happen to fall out, DO NOT try to put them back in! CALL 888–678-4341
  • The doctor will remove contact lenses about 5–7 days after surgery;
  • Wear your eye shields at night for 1 week (optional);
  • Do not rub your eyes for 3 weeks;
  • You may take a shower the day AFTER surgery but keep your eyes closed. Do not allow water to spray directly onto your face. Avoid soap or shampoo in your eyes for 1 week; 
  • Eye cosmetics should not be used for 1 week; 
  • Avoid excessive workouts for 5 days; 
  • Do not swim, use a sauna or hot tub for 2 weeks following your surgery;
  • No scuba diving for 3 weeks;
  • Sunglasses are recommended when outdoors for the first 3 weeks to protect your eyes from wind and dust; 
  • You may fly 3 days after surgery.

What to expect after laser eye procedures

  • Pain and discomfort are normal, and will often increase over time until the contact lenses are removed; 
  • Blurred vision is normal, and may get worse over time, especially on days 3–5; 
  • During the first 3–4 days after surgery, your eyes may burn, sting and tear excessively; 
  • You may feel a foreign body sensation and tearing in the operated eye(s) for the next 12 hours;
  • Your vision may fluctuate slightly over the next 2 months (especially when reading or using a computer); 
  • You may initially notice loss of detail at night with glare and starbursts. These symptoms tend to resolve gradually over the next few months.

This treatment is designed to restore the natural oil flow to the tear film that covers the eye’s surface.

Preservative-free artificial tears should be used 8 times a day for two months.

After the contact lenses are removed, continue the steroid and antibiotic for 2 days and then use Lotemax or fluorometholone. Your use of Lotemax will depend on your prescription before surgery.

If you had ‑3 diopters of prescription or less, use Lotemax or fluorometholone as follows: 4 times a day for 2 weeks, 3 times a day for 2 weeks, 2 times a day for 1 week

If you had between ‑3.00 and ‑6.00, use Lotemax or fluorometholone as follows: 4 times a day for 2 weeks, 3 times a day for 3 weeks, 2 times a day for 2 weeks

If you were over ‑6.00 and for all hyperopes, use Lotemax or fluorometholone as follows: 4 times a day for 3 weeks, 3 times a day for 3 weeks,2 times a day for 2 week, 1 times a day for 1 week

Please return for an eye examination 6 weeks after contact lenses are removed.

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