Lasik: What to Expect

Procedure Day

It is natural to feel nervous on the day of your procedure. From the moment you arrive at our surgical facility in Independence, LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland, our goal is to make each patient feel as comfortable as possible. Our focus is on your comfort, safety, and vision results and we are available to answer your questions at any time.

 

Here are some things to keep in mind for the Procedure Day:

  • No contact lenses for at least one week prior to surgery
  • Wear comfortable, warm clothing (the surgery room tends to be cold)
  • Avoid alcohol and over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines and cold medicines the day before surgery
  • Avoid perfumes, colognes, or lotions that are heavily scented
  • No eye make-up
  • Allow about 2 hours for the entire process-pre-op, surgery, and post-op
  • Have a driver to take you home after the procedure

 

Recovery

Following the procedure, you will probably experience sensitivity to light, tearing, or a feeling that there is something in your eye. This is normal. Use artificial tears as needed for comfort and nap for 3-4 hours. Most patients feel comfortable after this nap. Avoid rubbing your eyes for the first week after surgery.

 

Your Results

It is important to remember that individual results are going to vary. LASIK treats living tissue and each individual heals differently. Most patients achieve 20/20 vision and are able to drive, play sports, and watch television without the use of glasses or contacts.

 

Enhancements

Occasionally a patient may require an enhancement (second LASIK/PRK procedure) to fine-tune a slight over or under correction. Enhancements are a rare occurrence and are typically only needed once. An enhancement will only be performed after the eye has healed and vision is stable.

 

Follow-up Appointments

Follow-up care is a very important part of the LASIK process. Your eye doctor will monitor for infection or inflammation and make changes to your post-operative medications as necessary. Healing will also be monitored. Annual eye exams are important for everyone to ensure the health of the eyes and are still necessary after your procedure.

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