LASIK vision correction can be a wonderful thing—if you want to get rid of your glasses for good! Many people have had wonderful success with it, and it is becoming a popular surgery as more and more people want to lose their glasses. However, it is still a surgery, and before you get it you need to understand what you are getting into.
Prior to having LASIK vision correction, it is important to set up a consultation with the ophthalmologist who will perform the procedure. At this consultation we will perform a thorough examination and review your history to make sure you are a good candidate for surgery. It is important to ask any questions you have during your visit.
We want you to learn about the procedure, the risks, and the aftercare. We want you to be able to make an informed decision about proceeding with the surgery.
Prior to surgery you won’t be able to wear your contacts for several days or weeks, depending on the type you wear. It is important to come to the surgery free of makeup and wearing comfortable clothes. Make sure you have someone to drive you home since you won’t be able to drive yourself afterwards.
After surgery you may experience temporary side effects. These usually don’t last very long and are harmless. You may be sensitive to light and see halos especially at night. You may have blurry vision, which can last a few days. Some people have complained about their eyes being uncomfortable and itchy. To help with the side effects, you won’t be able to rub your eyes for a week. We also recommend wearing sunglasses to help guard against the sun. You should not wear makeup for a week after surgery. You should also limit yourself—don’t do anything strenuous for the first week. If you get medications, it is important you take them as prescribed.
You will also want to come to any follow-up appointments that are recommended so we can ensure you are healing the way you are supposed to. LASIK can be wonderful, though it is important to make an informed decision. Learn all you can so you are ready for the surgery.