Many adults are candidate for LASIK surgery. In fact, about 80% of them are good candidates for this treatment. What’s more is that they share similar traits including:
– Ages 21or above
– Has a common vision problem, including farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism
– Leads an active lifestyle
– Do not want to wear contact lenses or prescription glasses
– Is in good health
You’ll know if you are fit for LASIK surgery by undergoing a comprehensive eye examination. These consultations only take an hour or two, depending on your eye doctor’s process and the condition of your eyes. If it turns outthatyou are not a good candidate for LASIK, yourdoctor may offer an alternative solution.
One option you have is PRK – a surgery that offers the sameoutcome but more suitable for thinner corneas. Another option is ReLEX SMILE – a surgery that is done through keyhole incision that retains the biomechanical strength of your cornea.
What happens after the surgery?
First few hours right after the surgery, your eyes may feel dry and stinging; some may even experience mild pain or discomfort. If any of these symptomspersist, be sure to consult your doctor. He or she may offer you mild pain relievers for your peace of mind. Aside from these effects, you may also notice that your vision is slightly blurry or hazy but this is normal. This does not mean that the surgery did not work. Initially, you may even have sensitivity to light, seeingglares or halos around lights, and the whites of your eye maylook red.
Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes and apply the medicated eye drops as indicated by your doctor. Rest your eyes as much as possible by trying to catch some sleep. It is stillthe initial period healing and thesesigns and symptoms will eventually improve within the first few days after the operation. This is why you are advised to take a few days rest from work to adjust and rest properly after the procedure.
You will need to see your doctor the next day after surgery to see to it that your eyes are healing well. After this visit, your next review is 1 week and 1 month after the surgery.During your first visit, the doctor will check your vision andexamine your eyes to ensure that the eyes are healing well and there are no signs of infection or inflammation..He may advise you on any change in your medication.Some patients are advised to use artificial tears liberallyin orderto lubricate their eye.
What you need to avoid:
- Do not drive for the next 24 hours after the surgery until your doctor has checked your vision and deem safe for you to do so
- Be careful while showering;keep water out of your eyes for the next one to two weeks. You may choose to clean your face with a moist towel.
- Wait one week after the surgery before going back or starting non-contact sports. This will still depend on the intensityof activity, and your recovery. Get clearance from your doctor before starting back on your exercise.
- Avoid makeup, lotions, and creams around the eyes to prevent foreign chemicalsinfecting the wound. You may have to wait for up to 2 weeks or so or until your eye specialist advises you before using any topical creams and make up.
- For 1-2 months, you need to avoid using hot tubs or whirlpools, and swimming.
- Activities with strenuous contact like boxing, basketball, or football should be avoided during the first month.
Once you notice that there’s a new, developing or unusual symptoms, do not hesitate to contact your surgeon. For more information about LASIK surgery or to schedule an eye exam, be sure to visit Atlas Eye.