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What can you expect from LASIK eye surgery?

LASIK eye surgery is one of the safest eye surgeries used to treat eye diseases and disorders like farsightedness, shortsightedness, and astigmatism. If any of these eye diseases are left untreated, they can affect your eyesight and lead to your vision loss. To avoid such complications we recommend undergoing LASIK. However, in this article, you will learn what can happen before, during, and after LASIK eye surgery.

Before Surgery

If you are planning to undergo LASIK eye surgery in Delhi or Bangalore or another city, your eye specialist will need to evaluate your eye disease condition and determine whether you are a good candidate to undergo the LASIK surgery or not. However, a few instructions are recommended to follow before the surgery and they are:

Stop wearing contact lenses and switch to wearing glasses for at least a week before the day of the surgery. Because contact lenses can change the shape of your cornea for up to several weeks after you have stopped using them. And this can impact the surgery and can result in consequences like inaccurate measurements and poor surgical plan.

  • If you wear soft contact lenses, stop wearing them from 2 weeks before the initial evaluation or presurgical evaluation.
  • In case you wear toric soft lenses or rigid gas permeable [RGP] lenses, you must stop wearing them for at least 3 weeks before your initial evaluation.
  • If you wear hard lenses, you should stop wearing them at least 4 weeks before your evaluation.
  • The day before surgery, you will be advised to stop using makeup, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Because all these aesthetic products can increase the risk of infection.
  • You should also discuss with your eye specialist your past and present medical and medication history.
  • You should know about the advantages, risks, complications, and long-term results associated with LASIK eye surgery and so consult and discuss with your eye specialist.

And also, before deciding to undergo the LASIK eye surgery and before signing the informed consent form, you should ask your doctor a few questions like:

  • Whether am I a good candidate to undergo LASIK eye surgery?
  • What are the risks, complications, and advantages of LASIK eye surgery?
  • Are there any alternatives to LASIK eye surgery?
  • What is the success rate of LASIK eye complications?

Also before the surgery, arrange for transportation to and from your surgery and your first follow-up visit. Because on the day of the surgery you will be given some medicine to relax which can impact your vision and ability to drive for a few hours. However, to avoid this hurdle, Pristyn Care in cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, etc- provide free cab facility on the day of the surgery [from home to hospital] and the day of discharge [from hospital to home].

During Surgery

During the LASIK eye surgery, you will lie in a recliner chair containing a laser system. The laser system includes a large machine with a microscope attached to it and a computer screen.

Once you are ready to undergo LASIK surgery, topical eye drops are placed in your eyes to numb the eye. Then the area around your eye will be cleaned. To hold your eyelids open, an instrument called a lid speculum is used. To create very high pressure and to create suction to the cornea, a ring is placed over your eyes. This ring applies pressure and will make your vision dim during this procedure. The microkeratome is attached to this ring and its blade is used to cut a flap in your cornea. Microkeratome blades are meant to be used only once and then thrown out.

In a few cases, instead of a blade or mechanical microkeratome, your eye doctors or specialists will use a laser keratome to cut a flap on the cornea.

If a laser keratome is used, your cornea is flattened with a clear plastic plate which will result in dimming your vision. You will feel pressure and may experience some discomfort during the process. Later, the laser energy is directed and focussed inside the cornea tissue to create a flap. Once the flap is created, you will be able to see with your eyes, but you will experience fluctuating degrees of blurred vision during the rest of the procedure. The doctor will then lift the flap and fold it back on its hinge to dry the exposed tissue.

Once the flap is created, the laser will be positioned over your eye. Then you will be asked to stare at a light and this light helps you to keep your eye fixed on one spot. When your eye is in the correct position, your doctor will start the laser. A computer will control the amount of laser energy delivered to your eye. This laser energy will vaporize the required extent of corneal tissue and once it is done, the flap will be put back into its original position without any stitches.

After Surgery

After the LASIK eye surgery, immediately you may feel a burning or itching sensation in your eyes and you may feel like something is in your eyes. You may also experience some pain and discomfort after the surgery. Your vision may be blurry for a few hours after the surgery and may feel to run your eyes. You may also experience sensitivity to light, glares, starbursts, and halos around the light. However, these symptoms may improve within the first few days after the surgery.

You should avoid going to work for a few days until the symptoms are reduced or subside. Contact the eye specialist at the earliest possible or immediately if you experience severe eye pain and symptoms get worse instead of better.

You should plan to follow up sessions with your eye specialist for at least 6 months after the surgery. During these follow-up sessions, your eye specialist will examine and evaluate the effectiveness of the LASIK eye surgery and examine your vision. During the first visit, your doctor will remove the eye shield and will test your vision. Also, your doctor may give you one or more types of eye drops that need to be taken at home to help prevent infection and/or inflammation.

  • You will be recommended to wear a shield after the surgery. This shield will prevent you from rubbing your eye and putting pressure on your eye while you sleep.
  • You will be advised not to wear contact lenses even if you have blurry vision.
  • Wait for your doctor’s instructions before beginning any non-contact sports.
  • You may also need to wait for up to 2 weeks after the surgery to use creams, lotions, and make-up around the eye or wait untilyour doctor advises you to use them.
  • You should avoid swimming and using hot tubs for 1-2 months.
  • Avoid participating in contact sports like football, karate, and boxing for at least 4-6 weeks.

To undergo the best and safest LASIK eye surgery in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Gurgaon, and Kolkata, visit Pristyn Care. Eye specialists at Pristyn Cafe are highly experienced and trained in performing the advanced and safest LASIK eye surgery at an affordable cost.

Conclusion:

It is important to note that LASIK eye surgery is performed with the help of the latest and advanced technological devices and so reduces the chance of occurrence of complications throughout the surgical process. LASIK surgery helps in improving eye diseases like astigmatism, farsightedness, and shortsightedness. Although, a few patients may experience symptoms such as blurry vision, halos around the light, and starburst. Over 4-6 months after the LASIK surgery, your vision can be improved. To avoid eye dryness, eye drops are recommended by your doctor which need to be carried around you all the time. However, contact your eye specialist immediately in case you develop unusual and new symptoms.

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