What To Expect Before, During, And After LASIK Surgery

Many people choose LASIK surgery as a way to correct problems with their vision. However, the experience may sound daunting to those that are just hearing about the details surrounding how the procedure is done. That's why it helps to know more about what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. 

Before LASIK Surgery

You will have a consultation with your surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for the LASIK procedure. They'll examine your eyes to evaluate your vision since they'll be looking for things like their overall health and the thickness of the corneas. Your pupil size will also be measured since some equipment is not compatible with large pupils. The surgeon will also review your medical history, including the medications you're currently taking.

If you decide to move forward with LASIK surgery, you'll be given instructions on how to prepare prior to the procedure. Common instructions include being told not to wear contacts for a certain amount of time before the procedure.

During LASIK Surgery

There is not a lot for you to do during the procedure other than sit back and let the surgeon do their job. However, it's important to be aware that you are awake during the whole procedure, and will be given special eye drops that numb your eyes. A laser is used to create a flap in your cornea, and then another laser reshapes your cornea tissue. 

While the procedure is quick, you'll need to remain very still with your eyes open for an extended period of time. A special tool can be used to keep your eyes open during the procedure so that you do not accidentally close your eyes.

After LASIK Surgery

It's common to experience some discomfort after the procedure, but it should go away after several hours. You'll need someone to drive you home after the procedure since it can leave you with vision that is blurry or hazy. 

You'll need to avoid rubbing your eyes after the surgery, and not get them wet so that they can heal correctly. You'll need to take special eye drops for a few days after the procedure to prevent your eyes from becoming infected. You may experience dryness and light sensitivity following the procedure, which is completely normal and should clear up on its own. You'll want to let your surgeon know if these symptoms get worse over time since they should only improve as your eyes heal.  

For more info about LASIK, contact a local company.