Find out after LASIK surgery instructions here, I had LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileuses) surgery about a year ago. I went in and within 15 minutes, my whole life was changed.
Recently one of my friends consulted me about “Should I go for it?” and that is why I’m writing this article to help all of you people, including him, who are confused.
Let’s start off:
Should I go for it?
Well, it all comes down to one thing and that is your cornea’s thickness. The laser procedure is basically reshaping of your cornea by thinning it and that makes the blurred images sharper.
The average human cornea thickness is 540 microns, so If your’s is less than that I’d say you should not do it because it will cause you problems later on.
Problems like seeing halos or glare when seeing a light (especially at night), dryness of eyes and blurry images.
(As you will see later on, in an image of my report that I uploaded )
I had some trouble with my left eye as it was having cornea’s thickness of about 541 microns (right close to the average) but I had no problem with the right one and as far as I can remember,
I was able to see clearly with it from the very first day with no problems what so ever but my left eye did take some time to heal up and dryness and glares at night remained for about 6 months.
So if your’s is less than 540 microns I won’t recommend it.
Also if your eye’s sight is very weak (with a huge number) you are going to have more complications, like it will take you more time to completely get your eyes healed.
Was LASIK worth it?
I always used to think of glasses as nothing more than a burden on my nose, an instrument of a nerd or a geek and a useless fashion accessory, so was LASIK worth it?
Yes! I can see so much better now, even better than I used to see with my glasses on. I absolutely adore it. I now love to walk in rain, I don’t look like a nerd, I can watch 3D movies with ease but above all everything is so crystal clear, It’s amazing.
My Personal Experience:
The first time I went to meet the doc, he checked my eyes and said that I wouldn’t have any problem with the surgery.
He asked me to have a test for Hepatitis B & C ( apparently it’s necessary for some reasons) and as they came back negative so he gave me a date for my operation and advised me not to wear contacts until the day of surgery which was after a week, he also prescribed me two drops, one was just for lubricating eyes and the other one was antibiotic.
I used them for a week but didn’t give them too much importance.
On my surgery day
On my surgery day, I waited for about 10 minutes in the waiting room before they called me in.
I was pretty much calm because I took an anti-anxiety tablet before.
Anyways the doc told me to lie down and I did, he then opened my eyes wide with an instrument (you cannot blink after that), then used a drop to numb my eyes.
He then made a flap on the outer layer of my eye with a machine after marking on my eye (literally), and I felt a slight pressure on my eye, no big deal. He then opened the flap and then everything was super blurry.
He was narrating every single step to me too and asked me to focus on the red light and then the computerized laser did the rest of the work (smells like hair burning by the way when it reshapes the cornea).
The doc then used some drops of antibiotic and then closed the flap.
He then did the same to my other eye.
The whole procedure took him 15 minutes and I was out, with a plastic taped over my eyes for protection
I got a final report which I have pasted below:
You can see from here that my cornea thickness was above average and my refraction readings were also small.
Anyways the doc prescribed me 3 different drops, and also some sleeping aid medicine.
He advised me to sleep as much as I can for the whole week and I did.
Although my right eye healed up pretty quickly my left eye stayed dry for almost 6 months, but it wasn’t a big deal as I was having my lubricating drops with me.
Within 2 weeks everything was back to normal. I was able to drive (but not at night), play sports and even go for a swim.
FAQs & After LASIK surgery instructions:
1-How it works?
I have shared a video, but those of you who prefer reading, It’s a simple process really.
The surgeon creates a flap on the cornea (outer transparent layer of your eye) with a machine after numbing your eyes with some anesthetic drops.
The flap is opened and the corneal tissue is reshaped and then the flap is closed again.
2-Who is eligible for LASIK?
Well, people and doctors mostly say you must be at least 18 years old but I’d say wait till you are 22 because there are still chances that your eye-sight will change after.
The most important thing is that if your eyesight has been stable for the past 2-3 years then its OK to say that your eyesight won’t change.
Besides age you need to have healthy eyes, meaning your cornea’s thickness should not be below average and your eyes shouldn’t have any scars what so ever and to know that for sure I’d say go to your eye doctor once before undergoing the surgery.
3-How long it takes eyes to heal?
It takes almost two weeks to completely heal your eyes after the LASIK surgery, given that you use the drops as prescribed by the doctor.
4-What if I rub my eyes?
You SHOULD NOT rub your eyes for at least 2 weeks after surgery. And if you think you are going to rub your eyes in sleep, don’t worry. They give you sleeping goggles, so you can’t reach your eyes.
If you rub your eyes, you may dislocate the flap again, so be careful about that.
No matter how itchy they get, you shouldn’t touch them. In fact, the doctor also advised me not to even let water touch your eyes.
But after two weeks you can rub your eyes, it won’t harm you. I’d say go easy on them for about a month after your LASIK surgery.
5-What to expect after LASIK surgery?
Well, you will start seeing clearly after a week of your LASIK surgery if not earlier. You won’t be able to wash your face or take a bath, for about a week, as water should not touch your eyes.
You cannot rub your eyes. You will see halos and glares, especially at night. And your eyes will be dry so you would need to use lubricant drops for about 6 months.
Don’t worry the glares and dryness will go away within 6 months of your LASIK surgery. In my case, it took me 7 months.
6-Is it true that you can never rub your eyes again?
No. It’s a myth about LASIK. I can rub my eyes all I want, the flap heals itself and will not dislocate.
Still, If you have any unanswered questions about LASIK, let me know and I will answer them.