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After Your Procedure

Immediately after your Custom All Laser LASIK Procedure is completed, you will rest for about ten to twenty minutes with your eyes closed, until the anesthetic has worn off. At this time, your vision is still somewhat blurry and you will likely feel a gritty sensation in your eyes. The eyes may tear and it may be difficult for you to even open them. Some patients are light sensitive as well. These are completely normal sensations and disappear with rest in two to three hours. Most patients are quite drowsy from the sedative and want nothing more than to sleep. Your eyes will be rechecked prior to your discharge by the optometrist to ensure that the corneal flaps are in perfect position. Protective wrap around eye shields will be provided. A driver is required to take you home. Read more...

Eye Drops: All patients are asked to instill their eye drops, then sleep for a few hours. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops are used during the first week. Antibiotic eye drops are prescribed four times per day for the week following your procedure. Anti-inflammatory steroid drops reduce swelling and improve the comfort of the eye. These steroid drops are instilled every hour while awake during the first 48 hours after surgery and then four times a day for ten days. Most patients do not require any prescription eye medication past the first couple of weeks although artificial tear drops should be used as often as needed for weeks following. It is important to separate the eye drops by at least five minutes.

After Care Instructions: Showers may be taken the next day following LASIK, however it is recommended that the shower spray not be directed toward your eyes. Make- up may be applied the next day with the exception of eyeliner and mascara, which can be applied after four days. All exercise routines should be avoided for 4 days as well. Combative contact sports such as karate or boxing can be resumed after three months, and other contact sports such as football after one month. Swimming can be resumed after one week, but entering hot tubs and lakes and snorkeling or scuba diving should be avoided for two weeks. Hide...

There are five visits scheduled following Custom All Laser LASIK between Day 1 and Month 6 post-operatively:

Day 1: All patients are examined by their eye doctor the next day, for their Day 1 evaluation. This assessment is primarily to ensure that the corneal flap has locked into perfect position. Vision is usually quite good and patients are generally pleased by the overnight improvement. It is normal for you to have some fluctuation and haziness in your vision. Overall your eye comfort is good although they may feel dry, and you may experience some light sensitivity as well. These are all normal symptoms. Some patients may see little red blotches on the white part of their eyes, these bruises are related to the suction ring, and usually disappear over the first two weeks. Your doctor will also check to make sure that there are no signs of infection.

Week 1: The next evaluation is at Week 1. The vision and prescription can be measured and the corneal flap assessed. Should any problems develop during the first week, patients must always reach out to their eye doctor or contact Crystal Clear Vision. Patients are rechecked for corneal flap wrinkles, DLK, infection, and early epithelial in-growth. Even if a residual prescription is measured, that does not mean that it will persist over time. As well, symptoms of dryness or night glare are quite common and typically do not indicate long-term significance.

Month 1: It is rare today to have problems following advanced Custom All Laser LASIK. What problems do occur, almost always manifest themselves within the first few days, so if no problems have developed by one month, the prognosis is excellent. If a patient has a residual prescription that is deemed visually significant, an enhancement procedure may be booked after three months and temporary glasses or contact lenses can be prescribed at this time. The decision to proceed with an enhancement is always a balance of the potential for visual gain versus the medical risk associated. Epithelial in-growth is still a concern at one month, but light sensitivity and night vision are usually improving at this time. Dry eye symptoms may still persist but are usually improving, and if not, prescription therapy may be considered.

Month 3: The stability of the final prescription can be made at this point, as the majority of patients remain stable. That is, if a patient does not require an enhancement at three months they typically do not require one at all. The corneal flap is also quite stable at this point and all contact sports can be resumed with little risk of corneal flap displacements.

Month 6: The six month visit is to ensure stability and is brief and usually the key element is to verify the stability of your prescription and vision. The other purpose of the visit is to ensure that any additional symptoms of dryness, glare or disturbances of visual quality have cleared.

1 Year: After the postoperative period has ended, it is recommended that all patients return to their own eye care provider for their annual dilated eye examination at one year. It is important for all patients to recognize that certain eye conditions and diseases in the back of the eye are more common in near sighted patients and that simply having LASIK does not decrease these risks.