Before undergoing any serious medical procedure, it’s important to ask the right questions, and eye surgery is no exception. Although laser techniques are FDA approved to treat certain defects, it’s crucial to get expert advice and recommendations from your ophthalmologist.
What to Consider
Remember that the results of each surgery or treatment are entirely dependent on the individual and their unique medical history.
There are a few simple questions you can ask your practitioner to discern whether or not laser procedures are for you. These include:
1. Is my visual impairment within the optimal range? – LASIK eye surgery does indeed help correct far and near sightedness, as well as certain types of astigmatisms. However, with severe refractive errors, the success rate decreases. Be realistic about what you expect from the procedure, and discuss this with your doctor.
2. Do I have any medical conditions that will affect the treatment? – If you’re on medication, have any existing health condition, or underwent surgery in the past, it’s best to let your practitioner know. Issues such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and corneal scarring can all adversely affect the results of your procedure.
3. What should I do prior to surgery? – It’s good to be prepared before you go into the eye surgery. If you wear contact lenses, stop using them for a month or so before the procedure. Don’t use creams or lotions that could irritate your eyes close to the operation date.
Surgery and Self-Care
Most procedures are quick and painless, but do require some recovery time. Avoid rubbing your eyes, and strenuous activities, for a few days post-surgery. Also, it’s wise to go in for regular check-ups for 6 months after the procedure.
Make sure that you follow these guidelines, and most importantly, speak to your doctor to get expert medical advice about your specific eye surgery.