Laser eye surgery, also known as LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) is a popular surgery that corrects vision in people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or those who have astigmatism. Those who have the procedure will no longer have to use glasses or contact lenses which is one of the main benefits.
According to WebMD, LASIK has been around for 25 years and about 96-percent of patients have success afterwards. In fact, most will achieve 20/25 vision or better! Anyone who is considering laser eye surgery has likely been fully briefed by their medical team on what to expect as far as the basics—surgery cost, risks, recovery time—but there are a few surprisingly unknown aspects most patients don’t know about before, during, and after the procedure.
So, as someone who’s “been there-done that”, here are ten things to know before getting laser eye surgery…
1. The importance of following pre-surgery instructions
Your eye doctor might tell you to forgo contact lenses and makeup the week pre-surgery, but he or she may not explain exactly why and how serious the consequences are if you ignore this advice. Wearing contacts actually alters the shape of the cornea and you want it to return to its natural shape before your surgery. And makeup, lotions, or perfume should be forgone prior to surgery to reduce the risk of infection post-surgery.