LASIK Eye Surgery: What to Expect
Friday, June 29 2012
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 are required.
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 here.
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