Post-Op Care

LASIK or INTRALASIK PROCEDURE

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 (Pred Forte or Econo­pred) 4 times a day;
  2. Antibi­otic (Vig­amox or Zymar) 3 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 or Lotemax) 2 times a day. If Pred Forte or Lotemax, then 4 times a day;
  2. Antibi­otic (Zymaxid or Vig­amox) 3 times a day. If gener­ic, then 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

  • 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.

PLEASE CALL 888–678-4341 IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY LOSS OF VISION OR SYMPTOMS WORSE THAN THOSE DESCRIBED HERE.

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 (Vig­amox or Zymar) every 2 hours;
  2. Steroid (Pred Forte or Econo­pred) 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

(AFTER THE DOCTOR REMOVES CONTACT LENSE(S))

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 (Vig­amox or Zymar) 4 times a day;
  2. Steroid (Pred Forte or Econo­pred) 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

  • 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.

PLEASE CALL 888–678-4341 IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY LOSS OF VISION OR SYMPTOMS WORSE THAN THOSE DESCRIBED HERE.

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 exclu­sive­ly. Your use of Lotemax will depend on your pre­scrip­tion before surgery.

If you had -3 diopters of pre­scrip­tion or less, use Lotemax 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 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 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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