LASIK developed as a type of surgery that has come a long way over the years. From its beginnings as an extension of scalpel-based surgery, LASIK has advanced tremendously. Nonetheless, this is still a surgery and it has discomfort — and dealing with this discomfort is a part of the process. The staff at Sugarland Eye & Laser Center in Houston minimize the discomfort in many ways with the initial counseling and then consultation.
Before Your Laser Eye Surgery
First, you need to be certain that you are a good candidate for LASIK before you schedule your operation. For a number of different reasons, some people LASIK is not the appropriate surgery for their condition. Because of this potential for limitation, the first discomfort you are going to have to deal with is the momentary uncertainty during your initial evaluation of whether or not you should even have the surgery in the first place. Rest assured the caring staff at Sugarland Eye and Laser Center can alleviate most of your fears.
Once you pass this hurdle, you can move on to the next one.
Arranging for Time Off
In most cases, you are not going to want to go back to work for a few days after your surgery. This is because you may be feeling physical discomfort, and may even have temporary issues with seeing. While this can be bothersome in the short term, it is just as important that you have your finances in sufficiently good order that you can take a few days off from work without risking your livelihood.
The main reason to take time off is even if you have no pain the body needs rest to heal. Most healing occurs while a person sleeps.
The Time Before Your Surgery
Firstly, you need to talk to the optometrist about using any kind of prescription eye drops for at least two weeks prior to your operation. The use of contact lenses for some patients may be prohibited before your surgery. During this period, your eyes may adjust back to their natural shape.
The Day of Your Surgery
Having your LASIK procedure performed involves a local anesthetic, and this can cause a disquieting feeling for some people. Some are even nervous about having their eye open for the moments it takes for the laser to rearrange your eye’s lens. It is important that you have someone to drive you home from your operation. Your eyes will be extremely sensitive, and it is recommended that you rest as much as possible that day and for a few days thereafter. Many patients feel fine in a few hours. It varies according to the individual.
Potential Side Effects
Naturally, potential side effects exist like in any surgical procedure that you should be aware of. While serious problems such as loss of vision are extremely rare, common problems such as temporary dry eyes have been documented. The use of eye drops for up to a month after your operation may be a possibility to alleviate this problem, as would easing back into more visually-intensive activities such as using a computer for an extended period of time.
Sugarland Eye & Laser Center leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Sugar Land Eye & Laser Center, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478.: