If you struggle with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, like many do, you may be interested in LASIK surgery. LASIK surgery restores a clear, sharp vision to where many patients no longer need their contact lenses or eyeglasses after the procedure. If LASIK surgery interests you, you may want to know what to expect before and after the procedure.
First, the optometrist will determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery by performing a comprehensive eye exam. This exam will evaluate the surface area of your eye on which the procedure is performed and identify any pre-existing conditions that may be treatable. Pre-existing conditions will need to be cleared up prior to a LASIK surgery. If you currently wear contact lenses, you will be asked not to wear them for usually about two weeks prior to any scheduled initial exam or evaluation. This is also the time to tell your doctor about any current eye conditions, past eye conditions, and any medications that you are taking.
Next, if you are considered a good candidate for LASIK surgery, you will be prescribed medications to prepare your eyes for the procedure. You may be asked to use antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops and artificial tears. You may also be asked not to wear any creams, lotions, or cosmetics on your face a day prior to the scheduled LASIK surgery. You will need to arrange transportation to and from your surgery.
The typical post-op visit schedule is to see you at one day, one week, one month, three months, six months and one year after the LASIK surgery. At these visits we will be assessing your vision, eye health, and healing as well as monitoring post-operative medications that you may be taking.
Vision immediately after LASIK is usually somewhat blurry but usually clears in the first week. It is also common for you to experience slight discomfort after the procedure but this too is usually better in the first week. It can take several months for the vision to stabilize and fully clear. In some cases it may be necessary for the surgeon to perform an enhancement procedure to better correct the vision. This is usually determined at the six month visit.
To schedule an appointment to learn more and see if LASIK is the option for you, please contact our office.