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Life After Lasik: What Happens After You Get Lasik Eye Surgery

May 3, 2016

LASIKLasik eye surgery has improved the lives of many people, allowing them to see clearly without the need for glasses or contacts. If you’re considering undergoing LASIK surgery, it’s best to be as informed as possible so you know what you can expect of the outcome.

Keep reading to find out more about Lasik eye surgery and the benefits you’ll reap from the procedure.

Understanding Lasik

LASIK eye surgery is a procedure used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. During this procedure, the cornea is altered in order to eliminate the refractive error and allow the patient to see clearly.

When considering LASIK, you’ll first need to determine if you’re a candidate for a procedure. Some factors include age, general health, eye health, eye injuries or conditions, stable vision, and corneal thickness. Schedule an appointment with your eye doctor and let him or her know you’re interested in LASIK eye surgery. He or she will examine your eye and perform tests to see if you’re a candidate for LASIK.

Based on these examinations, the doctor will also help you decide what type of LASIK procedure is right for you. You can also take a quick LASIK self test to see if you are a candidate.

Immediately Following the Procedure

After undergoing LASIK eye surgery, it’s likely you’ll be given some sort of protective glasses or shield to keep bright lights out of your eyes. You’ll have someone drive you home, where you’ll need to rest your eyes and keep them closed from two to four hours. Make sure to keep your protective glasses or shield on as you sleep.

You may experience mild sensitivity for a few hours following the surgery, but the discomfort should only be minimal. Your doctor will also send home eye drops that will help your eyes heal and decrease discomfort.

It’s important to avoid activities that strain your eyes for the first twenty-four hours following surgery, including reading, computer usage, television, and strenuous activity. Physicians also discourage taking a shower for twenty-four hours.

Benefits of Lasik

LASIKStudies show that about 95 percent of patients who receive LASIK treatment achieve UCVA of at least 20/40 and 85 percent achieve 20/20 vision or better. Another benefit is that these excellent results come quickly, and recovery time is minimal. Most patients return to their normal activities within a day or so after the surgery.

Contacts and glasses are inconvenient, but they’re also expensive. The estimated cost of contacts is about $375 to $450 per year. This adds up to a much greater cost over the years than the one time LASIK cost.

LASIK results are also long lasting, so you can be confident in your vision for many years to come. It is typical, however, for patients to require reading glasses for seeing small items up close as they age.

If you’re interested better quality of life with LASIK eye surgery, click here to schedule a Lasik consultation with Kremer Eye Center.