Lasik Surgery: What Is It And What To Expect

15 March 2018
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Lasik is an FDA-approved eye surgery where a laser is used to reshape your cornea, thus correcting your vision. Lasik is not for everyone, so it's important to talk to your optometrist about this type of surgery to be sure you are a good candidate. For example, if you are pregnant or under the age of 18, you should not get Lasik surgery. Also, if you have corneal scarring from a previous injury or have dry eye syndrome, you may also be disqualified from Lasik. Read on for further information about Lasik if you are considering this surgery.

Before Surgery

Prior to having this type of surgery, you should consult your optometrist first. Ask your optometrist if you are qualified for this procedure. If your optometrist is not qualified to do this type of procedure, ask for a referral to an optometrist that is qualified. Ask for references, and do your research ahead of time to be sure that optometrist is qualified to perform this type of procedure. 

Talk to your insurance company beforehand as well to find out if this procedure is covered. If it isn't, you may want to think about saving some money first to be sure you can afford it. Ask about all costs ahead of time so you aren't blindsided later with a large bill that you weren't prepared for.

During Surgery

On the day of your surgery, make sure you wear something comfortable, as you will be on your back for some time. The actual surgery may not take that long, but getting into surgery and other preparations may take an hour or more. Also be sure to remove all makeup from your face. You don't want anything to interfere with the procedure. 

Be sure to have someone with you to drive you home after the surgery, as you may have blurred vision and may feel some pain after the surgery and will not be able to drive yourself. The optometrist may give you sunglasses to wear when you leave to keep your eyes covered, but if not, be sure to bring your own.

After Surgery

After your surgery, you may feel some pain, but not much. Your eyes may feel itchy, but do not itch or rub your eyes. You could do damage to your eyes. You may not be able to see clearly for a couple of days, but this is just a side effect from the surgery. Also, you may not be able to wear makeup for a few days or maybe a few weeks after the surgery to prevent any irritation to the eyes.

Be sure to visit your optometrist for a followup appointment, and listen to everything your optometrist tells you to ensure your recovery goes well and the surgery remains a success. 

Lasik isn't for everyone, but if you are a candidate for this surgery, it is a good option to clear up your poor vision and be able to see clearly again. Talk to your optometrist today to see if you qualify for Lasik surgery.