Undergoing any type of medical procedure can be frightening for some people.
The eye is the most delicate part of your body. If you are nervous about
LASIK eye surgery, knowing what to expect during and after surgery may help ease your fears.
What should I expect during LASIK eye surgery?
During LASIK eye surgery, a flap in the cornea is created using
IntraLase and is gently lifted and folded back. The laser reshapes the underlying
corneal tissue by emitting a computer-controlled beam of light that removes
the exact amount of tissue in just a matter of seconds. Following the
reshaping of the tissue, the corneal flap is put back into place. Patients
undergoing LASIK eye surgery will be given eye drops as a local anesthetic.
The procedure usually lasts no longer than 20 minutes, and due to the
cornea’s extraordinary bonding qualities, no stitches or patches
What should I expect following LASIK eye surgery?
After surgery, your eye will be shielded with protective goggles overnight.
Plan to have someone drive you home from surgery. You will rest your eyes
overnight and return to see your doctor the following morning and follow
up at regular intervals in the months following surgery.
After undergoing LASIK eye surgery, your eyes will be dry, although you
may not feel as though they are. Your doctor will prescribe eye drops
to keep your eyes moist and to prevent infection and inflammation. Vision
may be hazy or blurry for the first day, but most patients will notice
improved vision within the first few days following surgery.
What risks are involved with LASIK eye surgery?
The most common side effects following LASIK eye surgery are glare from
bright lights, hallows, light sensitivity, night driving glare and visual
fluctuation. Every case is different, and your doctor will discuss your
individual risks at the time of your consultation. The laser used during
surgery can make a difference in risks and results. Key-Whitman doctors
perform LASIK eye surgery using the Wavelight® Allegretto Wave®
Eye-Q treatment because they feel it provides safety with superior results.
You can read more about risks and benefits of this treatment
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