Lasik Q & A

LASIK Preparation for Surgery and Post Surgery

Before LASIK surgery your doctor will perform measurement tests to determine the shape of your eye and your pupil size. The doctor will analyze the results and review them to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK. It is up to you to make the final decision however.

If you are through the planning and decision phase, now is the time to consider your options. You want to look at your financial options to make arrangements for LASIK surgery. Your Coordinator will help you learn and explore your payment plans to help you find affordable plans that work for you. Many LASIK clinics offer “no-money down” offers and payment plans. Ask your Coordinator about the different types of payment plans. Your employee insurance may provide you with Flex Plans, which gives you the option to pay for your surgery through the “pretax” or “payroll” deductions. You can find out if you’re eligible by speaking with your employer, reading your health plan, or asking the Coordinator to assist you.

Surgery Arrangements

To prepare for LASIK, you may want to set a date that does not interrupt your work life, or families’ life. A qualified, license driver should drive you to your surgery appointment. Talk with your family or friends to find out what is the best time for them to drive you to LASIK surgery. The driver will need to wait 20-30 minutes until after your surgery to drive you back home. Let your driver know that he or she should expect to spend a couple of hours with you.

Make sure that you wear comfortable clothes to the appointment. Bring a jacket with you to keep warm. Surgery rooms tend to be a little chilly. In addition, do not bring personal belongings or no more than you have to since on surgery day, you will be visiting a few different rooms.

The Final Day of Surgery

Now that you have learned and prepared for LASIK, it is time to go through the procedure. The clinic’s staff will help prepare you for the event. The crew will work hard to make you feel at ease. A consent form must be signed before you go to surgery. The consent comprises of documentations that verify that you had the opportunity to ask questions, got answers, and learned about the benefits and risks of LASIK. It should also contain verification that you were warned of the potential risks, and have discussed all of the LASIK details with your consultant. The doctor should have informed you about your options, and helped you with making your final decision, as well as determined if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery. If you have any questions, ask them before you sign the consent.

Once you sign the consent one of the surgeon’s staff workers will prepare you and put several eye drops in your eyes, which may feel uncomfortable. The medicine may cause numbness. Some medications that surgeon’s give are designed to help prevent infections. The medicine may also be used to dilate the pupils and prepare them for surgery. Following the eye drops you will take a sedative to help you relax. Once the pill starts to work, the staff will take you into a laser room where several people may be working to prepare the surgeon.

You will be seated in a recliner and asked to recline in order to prepare for LASIK, more eye drops maybe giving to numb your eyes, preparing them for surgery. Once the staff and surgeon cleans the areas around your eyes with surgical sterile pads and liquid, the doctor will then use a soft “retaining device,” placing it around the edges of the eyelids in order to help you avoid blinking.

At most you will feel some pressure, but nothing to worry about. The doctor will use several instruments during this time to prepare you for LASIK. You may experience blurred vision, this is common however. The room may go dark, making it difficult for you to see, but this is common also. The doctor at this time is probably cutting the flap at the corneal. Any person whether they are sedated or not will close their eyes, especially if some strange object touches the area.

Throughout the process laser sounds will blend in the backdrop and can be a little noisy. Do not feel alarmed.

Once the doctor cuts the flap, creating it to reshape your cornea, you will be instructed to look into a fixed light situated on the laser. It may seem blurry, but this is common also. The laser is aligned so that it meets your eyes in order for the doctor to track any eye movement while the energy of the laser is set into position to determine the alignment in order to reform the cornea of the eye. It depends on your prescription, but most times it takes a few minutes to complete. Noises will be heard throughout the process, so don’t feel alarmed. Once the surgeon places the laser in its position, he will then replace your cornea flap and then apply some solution to the eye, which may feel cool. The purpose is to irrigate the eye’s surface. Stitches are not needed as the flap and cornea do not stick together. The two components of the eyes are like Velcro Pads. The doctor will proceed to do the same thing on the other eye. Most doctors will talk to you through the procedures to help you stay calm. The goal is to help you remain calm. Do not feel impulsive to communicate with them, as you are not obligated.

After surgery is completed, the doctor will ensure that your flaps are properly sealed and positioned to ensure that your healing process moves along smoothly. The doctor will then send you to a quite, recovery room where you will sit until the staff releases you. During this time the staff will go over your healing procedures to make sure you understand the instructions and nothing was missed. You will be instructed to use eye drops for a few days after your surgery.

Leaving LASIK Surgery

Once you have completed surgery and left the office, you must used the clear protective shields giving to you by the doctor to protect your eyes. Make sure you wear the shields until you have thoroughly healed and re covered from surgery.

Artificial tears are prescribed or given to you before you leave surgery to help you avoid or cope with dry eye. Not everyone experiences dry eye after LASIK, but it is important that you use the drops anyway. Use the drops even if your eyes feel moist.

The doctor may prescribe pills to help you relax and sleep. Take them as prescribed and rest when you arrive at home. You can heal faster by keeping your eyes closed for a few hours after the surgery. Your flap will seal properly if you follow instructions closely. After you have slept for a while after surgery, avoid strenuous activities. Only participate in relaxing activities instead. Relax and follow the instructions provided to you for the most part.

You will also need to avoid showers, pools, or similar activities that put you at risk of getting water in the eyes. Avoid using lotions, creams, and other products until you have completely healed.

Now comes your post-operative care

The healing process will go along smoothly if you follow instructions. The first few hours are the most crucial part of the healing process. Your eyes should stay lubricated at all times. Use the artificial tear drops giving to you by your doctor. Be sure to follow all aftercare or post-operative care instructions to the letter. You can return to your daily, normal arrangements sooner by adhering and following the instructions. Do not participate in strenuous water sports or activities for a short while after your surgery to avoid injuries and infections.

Ensure that you follow up with your doctor as prescribed. This is the most crucial point of your post-operative care. After LASIK most patients must follow up with their doctor the next day after surgery.

You will need to return in a week, or month for other follow up visits. It depends on your doctor how many visits you will need to follow up on your eye care. For the most part, you should notice some great changes in your vision after your surgery. Some patient’s have experienced reverse reactions after surgery however. If you notice any changes that seem peculiar, consult with your doctor immediately to avoid further complications. Use common sense to determine if you need to revisit your doctor and don’t take anything for granted.

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