LASIK eye surgery is the process of changing the curvature of the cornea to improve and correct how we see. During the procedure, the surgeon cuts a flap on the side of the cornea and peels it back to reveal fresh tissue that an excimer laser shaves away to correct.
LASIK surgery is not a painful procedure
Many people think that LASIK hurts and that it is scary because it involves the eyes. In reality, LASIK surgery is not painful because eye care experts place numbing drops in the eyes before your procedure. After your surgery, you could feel some burning, stinging, and like something is in your eye. These sensations are all normal, but the key is to refrain from scratching or rubbing the eye because you can dislodge the cornea creating problems healing and with your eyesight.
Benefits of LASIK treatment
- Less eye strain
- More confidence
- Fewer headaches and allergy symptoms
- Ability to be spontaneous
- Improved vision
- Potential freedom from eyeglasses and contact lenses
- Less glare and halos when driving at night
- Cheaper vision checks and costs over your lifetime
What happens after LASIK?
When your procedure is finished, your surgeon will instruct you to keep your eyes covered and to rest for the first 24 hours after your procedure. You will return in a day or two for a vision check. Most people are cleared to drive and return to work at this point unless you work in a particularly dusty job. Using makeup, hair products, and shaving creams is something you will have to avoid for the first week or so after your LASIK surgery. You will have to forego swimming, saunas, and hot tubs for at least three weeks, possibly longer depending on how your recovery goes. Exercise is something that you will need to ease back into starting with stretching and low-impact exercises for at least the first couple of weeks or so. You may notice dry eyes for a few weeks or months, but the use of moisturizing eye drops often relieves the issue.
LASIK eye surgery is a very common procedure helping millions of people around the world get better vision in as little as five minutes per eye. Complication rates are exceedingly rare with LASIK. Any LASIK expert should have years of experience, a proven education, and licensing to operate in your state. Ⓡ