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What to Expect After Lasik – Results

As you consider the elective surgical procedure known as Lasik to “improve” upon your ability to see more clearly you must have all the facts before jumping onto the proverbial operating table. As you romanticize what it will be like not have to wear glasses or contacts 24/7 some people may have to return to wearing readers when they are older, but you will need to get all the facts from your eye doctor on everything from what to expect from the surgery and for years after.  

The first thing you will want to research is a good surgeon who will check you out to see if you are candidate for this type of procedure. Typically the best candidates are those patients who might only have the following kind of conditions: mild or moderate myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, adequate corneal thickness.  What other questions might you ask? How about how long does it take per each eye to perform the lasik? What are the typical results?  What is the recovery time? What does the procedure cost? Are there any medications that will be prescribed for the after treatment?  

It is important to find a good doctorA good surgeon will answer all these questions and more. But we can give you some general answers to these questions and now. Typically it takes about 10 minutes per eye to perform the surgery and the results can leave you with vision that is close to or exactly 20/20. Of course this does depend on what the experts call “best corrected vision after lasik” and it refers to what  your vision was when you wore glasses or contacts and if it was corrected to 20/20 or 20/25 etc. This will help determine what your sight will be after surgery. As for your recovery time, this can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks with varying degrees of healing and the cost can range between $1500 to $2500 per eye. Medications that may be used will be discussed during your consultation with the surgeon. 

Other questions you want to ask the surgeon would be if he uses a laser to create the flap or what is called bladeless lasik technology, and if he uses the wavefront guided lasik to help prevent the halo effect after surgery. These questions are important and can help in making your decision as the recovery time and effects can be different.  As stated before you may experience a halo effect for a short time after surgery which is natural as your cornea gets reshaped and it takes a few days to get used to the light again. The halo effect is where the eye sees a blurred white circle instead of the clear crisp picture you expect to see on an everyday basis.   Other effects of the surgery can be dry, scratchy eyes, or an eye infection is possible. Precautions are taken before the surgery with medications such as antibiotics and afterwards too, along with natural wetting solutions for the dryness and a pair of dark sunglasses to be worn at all times. 

Generally choosing a physician with a good track record along with your health record tends to decrease the risk of long term complications after lasik surgery. For example if you have a history of diabetes, your healing abilities may take longer than the ideal healing time. That would be something you would want to discuss with your surgeon before enduring this type of surgery.  Your current health, your eye health in general, affects your results as does your surgeons skills. If you want more information like statistical reviews, the FDA is conducting a Quality of Life study that examines the improvement outcomes after surgery and any side effects not previously noted in the clinical trial studies. Although they are still collecting data at this time, they have calculated some 95.4% of successful and happy outcomes for this type of surgical procedure.