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Life Without Glasses

Dr. Robert Maloney believes that a well-informed patient is key to successful vision correction surgery. He wants to be sure that you fully understand what you can expect from your procedure you choose.

He wants to help you care for and preserve your eyesight in the best way possible. Here, you can find the information that you need to help you make informed choices about health care for your eyes.

Recovering from LASIK

For the first week or two after surgery, you will probably experience an intermittent feeling of grittiness in the eye. You are feeling the edge of the flap while it is healing. Lubricating eyedrops will help relieve this feeling. You may also notice that your eyes feel drier after LASIK, particularly when you wake up or toward the end of the day. Lubricating eyedrops, also called artificial tears, will help with this feeling, which usually resolves by six months after surgery. Although many patients initially notice halos or starburst around lights at night, these symptoms usually disappear within six months.

Most patients are genuinely surprised by how quickly their vision improves after LASIK. Although the corneal flap adheres quickly, your eyesight will fluctuate for a while until it finally reaches a point at which it becomes stable. The time it takes to establish visual stability after LASIK is usually one to three months.

Patients who have hyperopic LASIK (farsightedness treatment) may notice that at first their near vision is better than their distance vision. This is quite common, and the distance vision will continue to improve during the first month.

Until your vision stabilizes, you may feel more comfortable with a pair of eyeglasses to assist you with critical distance vision activities, such as driving at night. Patients over forty-five years of age will require a thin pair of glasses for reading, unless a monovision correction was done.

Postoperative Care

You will receive various eyedrops, including anti-inflammatory drops to promote healing and lubricating eyedrops. The surgeon’s staff will instruct you in how to use them. Within hours of your surgery, constantly regenerating cells will already be growing over the edge of the corneal flap, helping to “glue” it down. This process takes a few hours. Avoid rubbing your eyes on the day of surgery. The corneal flap needs time to adhere evenly without being disturbed. Over the next several months, internal healing processes will totally seal the flap.

Keeping your follow-up appointments is important, even if your vision is perfect. Your doctor needs to monitor your healing to be sure it is normal.

Resuming Activities

Don’t drive on the day of surgery. Resume driving only when your vision is clear enough that you are safe on the road. Most people easily see well enough to drive safely the morning after surgery, but some people require a few days before they feel comfortable enough to drive.

Avoid swimming, surfing, and hot tubs for one week to prevent contact with unwanted germs that could cause infection before the corneal flap has totally healed. Showers and baths are fine. Avoid dusty or smoky environments for three days after surgery.

It is fine to wear makeup, but avoid wearing mascara and eyeliner. Old mascara and eyeliner can accumulate germs, which you do not want to introduce into your eyes. If you wish to wear mascara or eyeliner during the first week after LASIK, open a new tube.

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