What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

Our focus here at clear.ca is clarity for you, which might be clearer skin or clearer vision.  Today we are going to look at one of the ways that you can clear up your vision, and never have to worry about losing your contacts, or fogging up your glasses again.

LASIK, or Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, is gaining public approval due to the number of people that are able to shed the glasses that they’ve had to wear most of their life.

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a procedure where the doctor will peel back a small section of your cornea, near the top, that will allow a focused laser to reshape your cornea and get rid of any tissue that can be identified as the main cause of your vision problem.  While LASIK isn’t 100% effective at giving everyone perfect 20/20 vision, it can help many people see better.

What are the risks?

Just like any other surgical procedure, there are some risks with LASIK that must be considered.  In order to assess your current corneal status, your doctor will ask you to switch to your glasses for a few weeks (or longer if you are currently using hard contacts) as well as no smoking and no drinking.  This is to ensure that your eyes, specifically your corneas, are healthy so the doctor can accurately measure them and detect the cause of your vision impairment.  As with any medical visit, you should inform the doctor of any other medications that you are currently taking, prescription, herbal, or over the counter, as well as any allergies you might suffer from.  Your doctor will assess your current situation, and all the mitigating factors, to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK.

Surgery

OK, the doctor has said you’re a good fit for the procedure; you’ve booked the appointment as well as a few days off work to recover.

Make sure that you thoroughly clean your face to get rid of all traces of creams, perfume, lotion, and make up.  This will help eliminate the chance of infection, so be thorough.  Next, you’ll need to have your transportation options figured out before the procedure.  You are going to be able to see after the process, but between the procedure, the medications, and any pain meds, it would be very unwise for you to drive.  Phone a friend, take the bus, or call a cab – don’t let your investment be ruined by your poor planning.  Legitimate LASIK clinics won’t let you leave alone – someone will need to pick you up.

After Surgery

There are a few things to remember after your procedure, but one of the most important ones is Don’t Rub Your Eyes – you don’t want to risk damaging your newly improved corneas, so keep your hands away from them.

Your doctor is going to meet with you shortly after the procedure to check how things went.  Now is a good time to let him know about any burning, itching, redness, or excessive watering.  You might be a bit blurry still, but if it does continue, make sure you let the doctor know.

After the doctor determines that everything is healing ok, he will probably let you know that you should refrain from any activities that might cause undue stress on your eyes, activities that include running, jumping, or watching “Marley and Me” (just kidding).  Until your eyes are fully healed, it’s best to stay away from hot tubs and swimming activities to prevent infection.  Your doctor may advise you to eliminate any eye makeup or lotions for the first few weeks, again to give your eyes the best environment to heal in.

Some side effects that you might notice over the next few weeks include a sensitivity to glare, seeing halos, as well as your ability to drive at night might be more difficult.  For many people, these symptoms go away after three to six months.  Check with your doctor about your symptoms if anything seems out of the ordinary.

So, now that you can see the world clearly again, what are you going to do?  And with all the time that you are saving by not changing your contact solution/looking for your lost glasses, you’ve got plenty of time to figure it out.

Use that extra time to come back to clear.ca to find out other ways we are helping you live life clearly.

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