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Life After Lasik Eye Surgery

Aug 17, 2007
It's a fact that most people will return to work from one to three days after lasik eye surgery. Reality is though, you should be guided by your doctor. Most patients are advised only to resume work until they feel up to it. It's not uncommon for people to resume normal activities a day after surgery.

After Lasik eye surgery, life can become very different and quite often, considerably better. Lasik eye surgery is a type of refractive surgery, which is a procedure that corrects vision. Lasik surgery is, in fact, the most commonly performed surgical procedure for the eye and the name is actually short for "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis".

Laser treatment is a short procedure. Depending on the level of surgery, the procedure can take anywhere between 20 to 50 seconds. Most people do not feel any pain at all during the procedure as drops of anaesthesia are administered directly to the eye prior to the surgical procedure.The recovery phase is a short one and patients can normally expect to be heading home within a half hour of surgery. Improved sight can be expected within 3 to 5 days after lasik eye surgery.

The question is often asked..."Can I have both my eyes worked on?" Some patients elect to have both eyes worked on. Surgeons will take a short break after working on the first eye before attending to the second. Some patients however, will elect to stretch their lasik eye surgery over two visits.

As with any type of surgery, major or minor, it's advisable to follow the doctor's instructions. The success of any lasik eye surgery treatment, apart from the surgeons skill in administering the procedure, depends on a patients level of rest and consumption of any necessary prescriptions. While patients can generally head home just half an hour after surgery, it is advised to have someone else do the driving.

Are There Any Long Term Effects

A halo effect and some glare at night around lights are commonly reported by patients after lasik eye surgery. It's always advisable not to rub your eyes but apart from this there aren't too many other precautions to take other than to follow your doctor's instructions.

Vision will almost improve instantly in most cases after lasik eye surgery. aSome patients report remarkable improvement in their vision and in some cases, the improvement continues days and even weeks after surgery. Most people end up with 20/20 vision after Lasik eye surgery, but some still need glasses or contact lenses to assist with proper sight requirements.

Are there any complications that may arise after lasik eye surgery? Rarely, although glare and infection could result in some patients which may require a small adjustment procedure and again, it's a very simple one.
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