Follow Up after Lasik Surgery
Lasik surgery can perhaps rightly be described as a miracle medical treatment, which has worked wonders in the lives of those suffering from myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Not only does it endow the patient with an unparalleled improvement in the quality of vision, it accomplishes this in a manner that virtually eliminates any pain or discomfort to the patient. In less than 20 minutes, you are able to walk out of the procedure room with remarkably enhanced eyesight.
In the days that follow, your vision will continue to improve and whatever minor discomfort you might have felt, in the first few hours post surgery, starts to ebb away. The re-amalgamation of the corneal flap with the rest of the corneal matrix is actually a speedy process, provided it remains uninterrupted from any bacterial contamination or physical injury.
In-order to keep your recovery period as uneventful as possible, you are advised to practice the following:
- Avoid sharing your towels or a hand napkin with other people because sharing towels is most common way bacteria gets transferred. It is a good idea to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer close by and use it frequently.
- Protective eyewear must be worn at all times for at least 1-month post surgery. You can resume your everyday activities from the next day itself, however you must avoid any strenuous exercise or any contact sport for a minimum of 2 months after the procedure.
- Your surgeon will book an appointment for the next day to analyze the healing process. If the healing is proceeding as expected, your doctor will book appointments for 1week, 1month, 3 months, and 6 months and then just an annual checkup is sufficient.
Complete Healing and Recovery
Human eyes have a dense network of small capillaries, because of this rich blood supply; they are able to heal quickly from minor trauma, especially in the cornea. Since Lasik procedure focuses only on corneal tissue, the healing process too starts almost immediately after the flap is repositioned over the cornea. As long as care is taken to ensure an uneventful healing period, complete recovery after Lasik is concluded within 6 months.
The phenomena of ‘dry eyes’, is a very common side effect, experienced by many people after the procedure. During the procedure, some corneal nerves inevitably are damaged and this results in dry eyes. However, since corneal healing is a naturally efficient process, this slight hitch starts dissolving within few weeks and is resolved completely within 4-5 months. Artificial tears works extremely well to lubricate he eyes and keep dryness at bay. Antibiotic eye-drops must be used for the prescribed period to ensure there is no infection in the eyes.
Life after Lasik Surgery
One of the most remarkable features of Lasik is that the patient can resume all their normal activities in matter of 24-48hrs. While some care and precaution is necessary, none of it will serve to hamper your everyday life. In fact, your life will change for the better and you will start to experience the benefits of Lasik almost immediately after the procedure. Patients treated with WaveFront Lasik or CustomVue Lasik reported not only a clearer and sharper vision, but also increased contrast sensitivity and better appreciation of colors.
In most cases, Lasik serves to completely eliminate the necessity to wear glasses or contact lenses, however, patients who previously had a very high degree of refractive error, would still be required to wear glasses, albeit a very low number.
‘Thin corneal flaps’ is the forte of the newest generation of Lasik machines. As a result, the incidence of post-operative complications like glares, halos around images, fluctuating vision, difficulty driving at night and dry eyes is practically negligible after correction from these machines. Thinner the corneal flap better is the outcome of the surgery and the new Lasik machines have created the thinnest flaps ever made in Lasik surgery.
Preoperative instructions and post-operative care is as important for the success of Lasik, as is the selection of the right machine and the right surgeon. All these factors work in tandem to give you extremely good results at the end.