People who are tired of using spectacles or contact lenses go for LASIK (Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery. It is one of the common laser refractive surgeries that can correct problems with vision. LASIK surgery can treat both long-sight and short-sight. LASIK has helped millions of people to stop using eyeglasses or contact lenses. The surgery involves changing the shape of the cornea to improve the vision using a special cutting laser.
If you are planning to undergo LASIK surgery, you should be aware of certain things such as what to expect before and after the surgery, and how you need to take care following the surgery.
What Happens Before the LASIK Surgery?
Before performing the surgery, your doctor will conduct an evaluation to determine if LASIK surgery is suitable for you. You should stop wearing contact lenses before performing the evaluation. The doctor will take measurements to determine how much cornea tissue should be removed. The measurements will be taken a week before performing the LASIK surgery. You should inform your doctor about your previous and present eye conditions and any other medical conditions. You should also inform about the medications that you are consuming.
After performing the evaluation, the ophthalmologist will let you know if you are a good candidate for LASIK. He will also explain the benefits, possible risks, what you can expect from the surgery, etc. Before performing the surgery, you should stop using lotions, perfumes, creams, and makeup. If you have any doubts regarding LASIK, you should feel free to ask your doctor.
How Is LASIK Surgery Performed?
During the procedure, you need to rest on your back in a room that has a laser system. The surgery takes less than 30 minutes. Before performing the surgery, eye drops will be placed into your eyes to numb them and the region around your eyes will be cleaned. To hold your eyes open, a device called a lid speculum will be used.
A small flap in your cornea will be cut using a blade or laser device to reshape the cornea according to the measurements taken. Your vision may be blurred and you may feel a little bit of discomfort or pain during the procedure. Your cornea will be reshaped using a programmed laser and with each laser beam, a small amount of cornea will be removed.
Once the cornea is reshaped, the flap will be placed back in its position and it gets healed without the need for any stitches. If you need LASIK surgery for your both eyes, the doctor will perform it on the same day.
What Happens After the Surgery?
After the LASIK surgery, you might feel burning, itching, and tearing from your eyes, which is very common and you do not need to worry about it. You may feel hazy or blurred vision which will disappear a few days after the surgery. The doctor will prescribe medications and eye drops. You should always visit your doctor at regular intervals for a few months. You should not rub or touch your eyes frequently.
Do’s and Don’ts After a LASIK Surgery
You should follow certain things to ensure a safe and fast recovery following the LASIK surgery. The do’s and don’ts include the following:
- You should ensure that no dust or dirty water enters your eyes for a few weeks
- Do not shower for the first 24 hours to prevent water from entering your eyes
- Stop wearing contact lenses if you have a blurred vision after the surgery
- Do not use perfumes, lotions, creams, or makeup to your face
- Use medications as prescribed by your doctor and use eye drops after the surgery to prevent inflammation and irritation
- Avoid swimming for a few weeks following the surgery
- Avoid exercises for at least two days after the surgery to prevent sweat from entering your eyes
- Stay away from dusty environments for at least 2 weeks
- Use sunglasses when you go out for the first 3 to 4 weeks after the surgery
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