The Next Steps In Preparations For Lasik Eye Surgery

When it comes to Lasik eye vision correction surgery you will want to make sure that you follow the pre-surgery and post-surgical instructions you are given closely. Each part of the procedure starting with the initial consultation to the final consult is an important step in optimal vision.  Not following directions or giving full disclosure to your surgeon on your medical history could put you at risk for complications that are unnecessary.  When Lasik is performed correctly and patient directions are followed the risks associated with the procedure are decreased tenfold.

The day before the surgery is as equally important as the day or the days following the surgery. You must arrange to be driven to and from the office as well as to and from your follow up appointment.  You will want to make sure this is arrangement is confirmed the day before the operation is set to take place.  Often times Lasik patients will be given medicine that helps them relax before the appointment.  This medicine will make it impossible for you to drive yourself.  After your surgery your vision will be blurry and it is important to keep the strain off your eyes.  This is why a driver is so important the Lasik procedure. A support person is also important after your surgery.

The day of surgery your eye surgeon will give you a list of requirements in order to prepare for the surgery.  It is important that they day of your surgery you do not apply any facial or body creams, lotions, make-up or perfumes.  Each and every one of these products has an associated risk of infection.  Most eye surgeons will ask that you scrub your eyelashes and surrounding area for a substantial amount of time before the surgery to remove any foreign debris and left over residue that can often be found on the lashes.

More often that now Lasik is performed in the office as an outpatient surgery.  On average the procedure is relatively fast that takes under an hour to perform.  You will be asked to sit in a reclining chair in an exam room that contains a laser system to perform the operations. Numbing drops will be placed in your eyes, the area will be cleaned once again and your eyelids will be held open with a speculum. A slit will be cut into the cornea and the laser surgery will be performed.  This part of the procedure will be different based on the level of vision correction needed as well as the individual patient.

After the surgery is finished a shield is placed over the eye for protection.  It is super important that you don’t rub or put any pressure on you eye.  The shield will protect the eye while you sleep and will keep the eye from accidentally being hit or poked until the flap is healed. You will need to abstain from eye make-up, creams, sports, swimming and other activities that are strenuous or breed bacteria.  You will also want to where the eye shield at night for a month after the procedure.  A follow up visit with the eye surgeon will be scheduled within the first twenty four hours after surgery.  They will direct you with detailed instructions on the do’s and don’ts after Lasik.  Follow them and the healing process should be easy and free of complications.

Rohr Eye & Laser Center offers the most advanced technology in eye surgery available to suit your lifestyle.  To see what the leader in laser vision correction and cataract surgery has to offer you can find more information at http://www.michiganlasik.com/lasik.php.

 

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