Lasik Vision Surgery: Increase Your Chances For Success

From the moment you decide you want to have Lasik vision surgery you play a major roll in achieving the most successful outcome.

This is a lot of responsibility, but is also reassuring to know that you have an active role in your treatment. In other words, your outcome isn’t entirely in someone else's hands.

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Step One: Choose Your Eye Surgeon Carefully

The process starts with choosing your eye surgeon.

Naturally, you increase your chances of the best outcome when you have the best eye surgeon. Your choice of eye surgeons is the most important of all your decisions.

So take the time to research eye surgeons, carefully. Take advantage of any complimentary consultations, and prepare a list of detailed questions. Then compare the responses as well as how you were treated at each office.

Step Two: Know Your Options

Regardless of the type of Lasik vision surgery you and your eye surgeon decide on, both of you will probably consider several types. The results of your eye exam will determine which Lasik vision surgery is the best for you.

Your choices might be one or more of the following:

  • PRK
  • Standard Lasik
  • Custom (wavefront) Lasik (All-Laser-Lasik)
  • Monovision Lasik
  • Lasek
  • Epi-Lasik
  • IntraLase
  • PresbyLasik
  • Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
  • Phakic Intraocular Lens (P-IOL)
  • Corneal Onlays (and soon, Inlays)
  • Read about each of these so that you have some idea of what your surgeon means when he discusses these options. Some procedures may be only one change to a previous procedure.

    For example, some procedures create a corneal flap and others don’t. But those minor differences can make a huge difference in your vision.

    As you read note the indications, pros, cons, etc. These give an idea if you would be a candidate for that particular procedure.

    Making sure you are matched to the right procedure is ultimately your surgeon’s responsibility. Knowing some of the criteria for his recommendations gives you a starting point for questions to ask your surgeon.

    Ask your surgeon if he does wavefront diagnostics. Regardless the type of lasik vision surgery you have, wavefront diagnostics are the most detailed possible. Wavefront can measure aberrations that no other method can.

    It also measures higher order aberrations that other methods miss. This information can indicate that certain procedures are not right for you. Other methods of diagnosis and calculating the amount of correction you need could lack that vital information.

    Step Three: Plan Carefully

    The more you learn about your Lasik vision surgery, and what to expect the better you will be able to plan for everything. Each procedure has a different recovery time.

    Some very short–one to three days–and others longer–up to seven days. Healing is a longer process and includes the time for your vision to stabilize. Each procedure, again takes different periods of time for healing and visual stabilization.

    You need to plan time to be off work for surgery and recovery and follow-up exams, someone to drive you for a few days, and someone to help you at home with heavier daily activities.

    You should know all of the risks of the surgery you plan to have. Knowing the risks, you can make plans about what to do should the worst happen.

    For example, if your surgery seriously impairs your night vision, you can make alternative plans for any night or low light activities you normally do.

    Plan plenty of time for your recovery. Feeling pressured to get back to work can cause stress. Stress interferes with healing. These are your eyes. Don’t put them at risk by prolonging recovery or impeding healing.

    Step Four: Follow Doctor’s Orders

    This is one time you don’t want to cheat when following doctor’s orders. Read your surgery contract and forms carefully. Know what you’re agreeing to, and what is included in the fees you pay. Follow every instruction your doctor gives you to the letter. If you have complications because you didn’t follow his care plan, you may not qualify for an enhancement without paying for a second surgery. You can reduce your chances of needing an enhancement treatment by doing what you are instructed to do.

    Keep all of your appointments, take meds, and avoid activities that can dislodge a flap or interfere with recovery and healing. Read over your care plan and any materials your surgeon provides you. He knows how to get the best results, and the role his patients play in attaining those.

    Discard you old makeup. Use only new makeup, but not for several days after surgery. Avoid strenuous exercise for one week. Stay away from contaminated water from lakes, streams and even swimming pools and spas for at least one week.

    And, here’s a tough one, don’t rub your eye for two weeks.


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