LASIK & Refractive Survery Co-Management

Families with LASIK surgery can receive pre- and post-operative care at Family EyeCare Clinic in Mentor.

LASIK & Refractive Survery Co-Management

Families with LASIK surgery can receive pre- and post-operative care at Family EyeCare Clinic in Mentor.

What is LASIK?

The most popular refractive eye surgery today is LASIK – Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis.

Myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism are treated with laser eye surgery, commonly known as LASIK. In LASIK surgery, the cornea is reshaped by a laser or tiny blades used by an ophthalmologist. Upon completion, you will have clear, sharp vision up close and from a distance.

As an alternative to eyeglasses and contact lenses, LASIK presents a permanent option for most patients.

The LASIK Procedure

It takes about 10 to 20 minutes per eye to perform LASIK. Generally, the healing process takes about 24 hours. Though you may feel some pressure or tugging on your eye, LASIK is not painful.

During the procedure, here’s what to expect:

  1. With the help of anaesthetic eye drops, your eyes will be numbed.
  2. A suction ring and eyelid holder will be placed on your eye to prevent you from blinking or moving it.
  3. Your vision will be dim or black and you will feel pressure on your eyelid.Your ophthalmologist creates a paper-thin flap in the cornea by using a microkeratome or laser, lifts the flap, and folds it back.
  4. At this point, the ophthalmologist will reshape your cornea using a laser after you stare at a light to keep your eyes from moving.
  5. An eye surgeon reshapes the cornea before folding the flap back into its original position, where it heals naturally without stitches.

Itching and burning may follow the procedure. By the following day, your vision should be clearer. At first, your vision will be blurry.

After The Surgery

It is possible that you will be prescribed some eye drops after your LASIK procedure in order to keep your eyes moist. It is also possible that you will be given an eye shield to protect your eye after the procedure.

The vision will be good enough to allow you to walk without glasses, but you should not drive yourself home.

On the day of your surgery, you should rest your eyes as much as possible. Dimming the lights at home may make you more comfortable.

It should be possible for you to drive and perform other normal activities the next day after you heal your eyes. Avoid rubbing your eyes for a few days. Talk to your eye doctor about how long to wait before starting Latisse after surgery if you are currently using it.

A doctor will check your eye after the procedure to see if it has healed properly and if there are any complications.

As part of our co-management agreement with your surgeon, our practice provides pre- and post-operative care. Ask us for further details.

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