LASIK is a vision correction procedure for patients with farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism. The procedure has been proven safe and effective and has allowed many patients to discontinue the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
In the United States Food and Drug Authority’s (USFDA) surveys, more than 90% of the patients were satisfied with the outcome of their surgery. Forty percent of respondents, however, experienced seeing halos up to three months after their LASIK surgery.
Immediately After Lasik
Although Lasik should only take around 15-20 minutes to perform, the patient will be required to rest immediately after the procedure for 30 minutes before being given the all-clear by the doctor to return home.
Side Effects are Normal
Experts explain that after undergoing LASIK surgery, experiencing side effects like seeing halos, glares or having dry eyes is normal. Doctors advise patients to strictly follow pre and post-operative instructions to minimise side effects and their duration. This could also reduce the possibility of complications.
Side Effects Can Be Handled
Patients are not allowed to drive after treatment. They should have a responsible adult with them who can drive them home or arrange for a ride to take them home. Taking public transport after treatment is not recommended as it can be tiring and can expose patients’ eyes to pollution or other risks.
Patients are then asked to rest or sleep for the first 2 to 3 hours after the treatment. Upon waking, patients must apply eye drops every 2 hours until their eye review the next day. Rest for 2 to 3 days from school or work is also advised by doctors. In a week’s time, the patients’ eyes will be reviewed again by the patient’s doctor, and the final review will be in 6-8 weeks.
Other doctors recommend using sunglasses to reduce the appearance of glare and halos. Through following doctors’ advice, the side effects of LASIK can be alleviated, and their duration minimised.