Deciding to have
LASIK surgery is an important decision. Once you have your procedure, it may very well
be one of the best things you do for yourself. However, as with any type
of surgery, there are things you should be aware of and keep in mind when
you sign up for the procedure.
Here is an overview of what you can expect before, during, and after the surgery.
The first step is to have a consultation at your
LASIK treatment center to see if you’re a good candidate for the surgery. If you have trouble
seeing at a distance or you have astigmatism, you are likely to be a good
candidate for LASIK vision correction surgery.
In order to take the most accurate measurements of your eyes, you will
be asked to take out your contact lenses before your exam. If you wear
soft lenses, stop wearing them for three days before your appointment.
For hard lenses you will need to leave them out for a minimum of three weeks.
The surgeon will give you a thorough eye exam and ask you about current
medications, as well as any eye conditions you are currently experiencing
or have had in the past. If you have any questions for the surgeon, be
sure to bring them with you. The answers will help you understand the
benefits as well as the risks that go along with having surgery.
Finally, on the day of surgery, please refrain from wearing any makeup
and avoid using any products with fragrance. Dress comfortably and in
layers. Be sure to have someone bring you to the LASIK center as you will
not be able to drive immediately following the procedure.
Although the procedure will only take a few minutes you will need to make
arrangements to stay for an hour to an hour and a half. The surgery preparation
will begin with taking a sedative and several rounds of medications which
will numb your eyes. These medications typically take about 20 minutes
to have their full effect, after which time you will be taken to the laser suite.
Your surgeon will use specialized materials to keep your eye open during
the duration of the surgery. As the procedure begins, you will be asked
to fixate on a light as the laser is guided by your surgeon to treat the
cornea by removing the predetermined amount of tissue. It is the precise
removal of this tissue that ultimately reshapes the cornea and corrects
your vision. While many LASIK practices focus on quantity and have multiple
patients in the operating room at the same time, the best LASIK doctors
are committed to only treating one patient at a time within a private
suite. In the most patient-oriented practices your surgeon will also invite
you to have a friend or family member to watch the procedure.
Once the doctor completes the surgery, goggles will be placed over your
eyes. These will protect your eyes from accidental poking, rubbing or
any other irritation on the day of your surgery.
Following the procedure your surgeon will recommend that you return home
to sleep for a few hours. This ensures that the healing process begins
as the cut flap re-connects to the tissue surrounding it. As you recover,
here are some additional things to remember:
DO NOT RUB YOUR EYES! Some of the most common sensations reported after
LASIK surgery include discomfort, mild pain, tearing, feeling like there is something
in the eye. These things are all normal. Resist the temptation to rub
your eye, as this may cause the flap to move out of place and may require
Go to your follow up visit the next morning. Your doctor will need to check your eyes.
Minimize makeup for a week. This means no eye makeup for several days after surgery. After several
days, you may begin with shadow gradually going to eyeliner and mascara
but be extremely careful not to touch your eyes. Avoid tugging to remove
Do not swim, water-ski, nor use a sauna or hot tub for 2 weeks following
your surgery. You want to avoid any introduction of bacteria which make be transmitted
into the eye by contact with water.
Be aware of healing time. Most people can drive the next day and return to their normal routine;
however, everyone varies in their time to heal. Your eyes may take a while
to fully adjust to your new “settings”. Keep your doctor posted
on any noticeable changes you may experience.
- Contact your doctor immediately if you experience severe pain, severe discomfort,
or worsening of vision.
IS LASIK FOR YOU?
Having LASIK vision correction surgery is a life-changing decision that
can greatly improve your eye-sight and, in some cases, correct it altogether.
It is important to find the right surgeon to see you through the entire
process. To find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK surgery, contact
the Key-Whitman Eye Center, one of the top LASIK treatment centers in
the Dallas area.
Key-Whitman Eye Center provides a full range of progressive ophthalmic
services facilitated by an extraordinary group of experienced, Board Certified
physicians. Using a combination of Wavefront analysis and treatment with the all-laser,
blade-free IntraLase, the Key-Whitman team serves the Plano, Arlington
and Dallas area with exceptional eye care.