Understanding LASIK Surgery: What to Expect Before, During, and After

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As a client who’ll be undergoing any treatment or procedure, you have the right and responsibility to know everything about it. From the medications and preparations to the significant changes to your life after surgery, you should know them all. Therefore, if you have decided to undergo a LASIK surgery because your doctor advised you to do so, then this post is definitely helpful to you!


Before the Surgery

Your eyes will be assessed comprehensively by your doctor in order to know if it’s a good choice for you. If you are wearing contact lenses, it’s advised to take it off before the examination. Contacts transform the shape of the cornea. When you remove them a few weeks before the surgery, your cornea will revert back to its natural shape, thus giving accurate measurements of your eyes. Depending on the type, soft, toric soft, and hard contact lenses should be removed at least 2, 3, and 4 weeks respectively prior to the initial assessment. Before the day of the surgery itself, don’t forget to relax so you’ll become psychologically prepared for the procedure.


During Surgery

Once consent is all signed up and the preparations are done in the eye centre, you’ll then proceed to the operating room. You’ll be asked to lie on a reclining chair with a laser system beside. An aesthetic solution will be dropped and a lid speculum will be used to open your eyelids wide. Instead of a laser, the surgeon might also use a mechanical microkeratome, a blade used to create a flap in the cornea. The procedure usually takes half an hour. Expect to experience some blurring of vision during the procedure because your eyes will directly exposed to laser light.


After Surgery

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Expect for a burning sensation or an itching on your eyes immediately after the operation, but make sure not rub them no matter how itchy they get! You’ll also experience mild pain or discomforts so your doctor will prescribe you some pain relievers. Glare, halos, and sensitivity to light may also be observed. Remember that these symptoms should only persist during the first few days after the procedure. If beyond that, they are still present, contact your eye doctor immediately.


As a client, empower yourself by being knowledgeable on your upcoming procedure. That is your body, hence you are the main responsible for it. Always comply with the doctors’ advice to prevent complications and recover faster.

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