What to expect when recovering from LASIK surgery
Sep 22nd, 2016 - Blog

What is LASIK?

LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a vision correction surgery that is performed to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. The LASIK procedure reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to properly focus onto the retina for clearer vision. LASIK is typically a painless procedure that is preformed within a 15 minute time-frame for both eyes. LASIK recovery time typically takes 24 hours and results can be seen throughout this recovery period. One must first see if they are eligible for the LASIK prior to considering the procedure since no everyone is considered a good candidate for Lasik. There are qualities that disqualify a patient’s candidacy for the procedure.

How do I know if I am a candidate?

Fortunately, most offices will provide consultations for LASIK as a complimentary service, like us here at San Diego Global Laser Vision Center. During the consultation the doctor will test the patient’s prescription and overall health of the eyes. A number of tests are performed to determine the eligibility for LASIK including but not limited to: Dilation, Auto Refraction, Manifest Refraction, Non-Contact Tonometry, Corneal Topography, and Corneal Pachymetry. Once eligibility is determined, the financial advisor will be able to give a quoted price and aid the patient in a treatment payment plan.

LASIK Recovery Time

LASIK recovery time is typically within twenty-four hours. During the recovery time the patient may experience discomfort which will be associated with itchiness, burning or stinging sensations. Patients are prescribed pain relievers, anti-biotic drops and ant-inflammatory drops that will be taken as directed per the doctor. Follow-up examinations are needed to monitor the vision and ensure consistent results. It is highly important that the first four hours after receiving the treatment that patient’s keep their eyes completely closed to secure the flap. After the four hours have past, patients must start their drops as directed by the doctor. Artificial preservative free tears may be used in conjunction to the prescribed medications to soothe any discomfort during the LASIK recovery time. During the recovery time it’s imperative that patient’s do not rub their eyes as it may dislocate their flap, causing heightened discomfort that will need emergency attention.

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