Before the procedure
During the first day the patient goes through full examinations in order his/her candidacy for LASIK surgery to be properly assessed. For this purpose you will have an appointment with a physician. During the examinations the doctor will verify your prescription, perform a corneal topography, measure your pupil size and corneal thickness, examine your retina and provide you with an expert evaluation of the success chances ratio of a LASIK operation.
Upon doctor's certification and patient's consent the operation can be scheduled for the next day. It is advisable for patients to avoid applying creams, lotions or perfumes on day the prior to the surgery. Patients wearing soft contact lenses should take them off at least 7 days before the treatment and those using gas-permeable semi-hard lenses should remove them at least 3 weeks, before the appointed operation date.
After the procedure
Following the procedure, antibiotic drops are prescribed and the patient is sent home or hotel for a couple of
hours nap. During the first few hours after the surgery you may feel slight burning, stinging and watering in your eyes which will fade out eventually. A foreign body sensation resembling a dried contact lens may be experienced for
twelve to twenty-four hours.
Your vision may be blurry at first, due to the swelling on the cornea but this is absolutely normal. The vision is usually restored back to normal on the following day after a good night sleep. Rest and sleep will be your best friends for the first two days after the operation. You should avoid watching television or reading anything.
It is also advisable to restrain yourself from touching, scratching or rubbing your eyes, having a bath, taking a shower or washing your face. Apply your antibiotic drops as prescribed by the physician. In some cases an eye shield may be placed over your eye to prevent you from rubbing it or protective glasses may be worn to avoid dusts. Wrap-around sunglasses may be good for shielding your eyes against the discomfort of bright lights.
These are to being taken off the very next day when the patient returns to the clinic for a brief post-op examination. Most of the patients are back to their daily routine this very same day.
The antibiotic drops prescribed by the doctor are applied for a period of one week and after that are discontinued. Having a bath or taking a shower on the day after the treatment is allowed however patients should be careful not to allow soap or shampoo getting into their eyes.
It is highly recommended to avoid make-up for a week. Avoid also any water sports or activities such as entering hot tubs, whirlpools or swimming for 2 weeks, avoid scuba diving for 6 weeks.
Control exams should be performed on the first, sixth and twelfth month following the procedure.
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