After Your Eye Surgery
|Please be advised that your follow-up
care is as important as the actual procedure.
||You should not drive
for at least twenty-four (24) hours after the procedure,
and in no event should you drive until your vision is clear.
||Wear the sunglasses
provided. Most other varieties do not provide adequate protection.
||You may need glasses
or other corrective lenses after the procedure on a temporary
or permanent basis. LASIK will not prevent, and may unmask,
the need for reading glasses, particularly for patients over
forty (40) years of age.
||Post-Operative Medication: You will be given a post-op kit containing prescription drops, an
eye shield and tape to be used for protection while sleeping, and
written instructions. Before using your eye drops, your hands must
be clean. Please use the drops as instructed-if you run out of drops,
let us know. At your post-operative appointments your doctor will
give instructions to use additional drops if necessary, and when
to discontinue use. You may use preservative-free lubricating drops
if your eyes feel dry-a sample is included in your post-operative
|| You are required to return to
our clinic within 24 hours after your surgery for your first mandatory
post-operative appointment. Your appointment time will be given
to you immediately after your surgery.
||Following your 24-hour visit there are 4 additional,
mandatory visits required. Post-operative examinations are required
at 1 to 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months from the surgery
||Each post-operative appointment in our clinic
takes approximately 25 minutes; it helps us to evaluate the
healing process of your eyes and to guard against infection.
||Post-Operative Symptoms: The
amount of discomfort you will experience cannot be predicted-some
patients feel an itchy or foreign body sensation, others are light
sensitive or see halos around lights, and others may be symptom-free.
Your vision may fluctuate during the day. If
you have severe pain, sudden change in vision, or need explanations,
call our office at (541) 687-2110 / 800-452-2040 or call (541) 341-0622
||Post-Operative Restrictions: Do not rub your eye. Do not use mascara or eye make-up for seven
to fourteen days, then use only a new tube and applicator. Avoid
getting soap and water, shampoo, hair spray, aftershave, etc. in
your eyes for two weeks. (If you do, DO NOT RUB.) No swimming
for two weeks. Eye protection is strongly recommended for contact
and racquet sports.
Feel free to call or drop in if you'd like to speak to someone in person.
Commonly Asked Questions:
How soon after surgery will I see well?
Each patient is different. Most patients experience a dramatic improvement
8 to 10 hours after the treatment.
Can I drive home after the procedure?
No, you should arrange for someone to transport you. You should not
drive for at least 24 hours after the surgery, possibly longer.
Will I still need my glasses or contacts?
Do I need to come back for follow up visits?
The goal of refractive surgery is to reduce your dependence on glasses
and/or contact lenses, but refractive patients still may benefit
from reading glasses or distance glasses when they desire perfect
near or distance vision.
Yes, there are 5 required visits after your procedure. The schedule is:
- 24 hours
- 1 to 2 weeks
- 1 month
- 3 months
- 6 month