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Eye Care After a Lasik Procedure


									Eye Care After a Lasik Procedure

A person that is considering a Lasik procedure to improve their vision
has two major responsibilities: selecting the best surgeon possible for
their budget, and understanding and keeping up with eye care after the
Lasik operation is done. Most Lasik procedures go very smoothly, and
more than 90% of the patients are happy with their improved vision and
have no permanent side effects. Part of this success is due to good care
at home once the Lasik procedure is complete.

The first step in having the best care after a Lasik procedure is to
understand exactly what is directed by the Lasik physician. The
prospective Lasik patient should be given a good understanding of the
entire process when they first visit a Lasik center to interview the
physician and the staff. On the day of the procedure, a member of the
staff should very carefully go over exactly what steps should be done to
encourage optimal eye health and healing after the Lasik operation.

One thing that the patient should ask is what side effects are to be
expected directly after the Lasik procedure, how long they should last,
and which symptoms should be promptly told to the Lasik physician or
member of the staff. A number of symptoms, such as fluctuating vision or
halos around lights, are to be expected and are not a cause of worry.
Ask the staff about any postoperative symptoms that are unclear, to make
sure that they are thoroughly understood.

Each Lasik physician has their own recommended procedures for their
patients, but here is a list of typical suggestions that most Lasik
centers recommend. First, get some sleep as soon as possible after the
Lasik procedure is done. This gives a great boost to the healing
process. Second, avoid any contact, bumping, or rubbing of the eyes for
at least five days after the Lasik procedure. Most Lasik centers have
some kind of eye guards to wear at night to prevent patients from rubbing
their eyes in their sleep.

Third, try to avoid eyestrain for some days after the Lasik procedure.
It is tempting to try to read all of the signs and words that were
previously blurry, but avoid this temptation at least for the large part.
If any light sensitivity or glare is noticed, wear dark sunglasses for
several days until this problem resolves itself. Some common Lasik side
effects are temporary halos around lights, especially when viewed at
night, but this is not a problem to be concerned with.

It is very important to keep the eyes well lubricated in the days
following a Lasik operation. Every Lasik physician will give eye drops
to help this, and patient should be especially aware of this before going
to sleep. A Lasik procedure may increase eye dryness temporarily, and
during sleep this may make the eyelid stick slightly to the eye. When
the patient wakes up, opening the eyelid is equivalent to rubbing the
eye. The physician should be notified if this happens, for there are
other varieties of eye drops that will solve this problem.

Taking these simple steps will give nearly all Lasik patients an easy
postoperative experience without any problems.

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