What precautions do I need to take and what activities should I not do after LASIK?

The precautions are fairly simple and would be similar to all irrespective of LASIK done. Patients can typically return to normal activity with a couple of days. The fear is of catching an eye infection. The first week after LASIK you will be on eye drops which are antibiotics so that aspect is anyways taken care of. However, some general and basic rules of hygiene such as not rubbing your eyes with unclean hands, carrying a hand sanitizer to keep the hands clean etc helps. We ask you to wear a pair of good UV protecting sunglasses when outdoors to protect your eyes from dust, strong sunlight and allergens. Only swimming underwater is to be avoided for at least one week. No eye makeup should be worn for at least one week. Light sensitivity may be increased, so a pair of comfortable sunglasses may be required.

Can I drive home after the surgery?

No, you will need a designated driver! For the first couple of hours your eyes will be sensitive to light and the vision blurred, so you should wear the special dark glasses that we provide.

Any instructions for people who wear contact lenses?

If you wear contact lenses, you may wear them to the first consultation, but you will be required to remove them for proper measurements and testing to occur. During a second consultation, the eye is usually dilated during the exam and contacts should not be worn for 2-3 weeks prior to the second appointment. If surgery is elected to occur, then contacts should not be worn.

What if I move my eye during the laser treatment?

While the treatment is performed, you will be asked to look at a light under the laser. You are required to look steadily at the light throughout the operation, since this keeps the eye centred under the laser. However, if you temporarily look away or lose the ability to look at the fixation light, do not be concerned. The LadarVision 4000 is equipped with a special eye tracker that tracks the eye at 4000 times a second throughout the procedure.

What about the health of my eyes 20 or 30 years from now?

LASIK has been performed since 1991 and its safety is established. Twenty year follow-up data are not available. Still, the likelihood of delayed problems is extremely low. LASIK is a variant of lamellar surgery, which has been performed for 50 years, and these patients have not been noted to develop late problems.

Can I have both eyes operated upon at the same time?

It has been demonstrated in several large, clinical studies that LASIK results and safety are identical whether the procedure is performed on both eyes simultaneously versus one eye at a time. Most patients elect to have both eyes operated upon the same day out of convenience, less time out of work, and avoiding imbalance between the two eyes.