Laser eye surgery has been a famous option for people who have vision problems and astigmatism. But if you are firm in your decision to go through this procedure, there are some things you will wish to know before, during and after the surgery.
Following Pre-Surgery Instructions
You may be told by your eye doctor to forgo makeup and contact lenses the week before the surgery. However, the doctor may not explain the seriousness of the consequences when you ignore this advice. Wearing contacts alters the cornea’s shapes and you wish it to return to its natural shape before the surgery. And lotions, perfume and makeup must be forgone before surgery to decrease the risk of infection.
Eye Drops Cost More
When you are getting laser eye surgery, you will be given a list of drops that you will have to take both before and after surgery. Usually, such drops aren’t included in the cost of the procedure. However, whatever you do can save you money and have the surgery with no drops.
No Stitches, Just Minor Anesthetic
Laser eye surgery is an outpatient procedure. Thus, you will be awake when the surgeon performs the operation and you just get eye drops as anesthetic to numb the eyes’ surface. Also, there are not stitches in the procedure.
Surgery is Quick and Painless
The surgery just takes around ten to fifteen minutes for every eye. During the surgery, the surgeon will put a suction cup ring on the eye’s tops in order to keep it from moving. A thin flap of the corner will be cut by the laser which will then lift the flap and then reshape the tissue underneath. The surgeon will replace the flap to adhere to the eyeball and protect the modified eye tissue.
Use the Medications when you Need Them
You will be provided pain killers by the clinic. You will need these drugs when the freezing wears off and if the cornea swells and heals. You can expect to be on pain and sleep will be the right thing to help you encourage healing.
You Can Experience Sensitivity to Light
After surgery, you need to protect your eyes. A plastic wrap around glasses will be provided to you for day use along with eye patches and tapes in order to protect you from dislodging and rubbing the surgical flap that was made during the surgery for between three days to a week following surgery.