Expectations After PRK or LASIK Surgery
What You Should Expect After LASIK Surgery
Your LASIK surgery procedure will take less than 10 minutes for both eyes and will be minimally uncomfortable. As soon as you sit up right after surgery, you will be able to see distances that you could not see before. However, your vision may be “foggy” for the rest of the day. You may experience discomfort in your eyes for about 4-6 hours. Closing your eyes, combined with regularly applying lubricating drops to the eyes is the best remedy for discomfort. When you wake up in the morning, your eyes will feel normal with no or little discomfort and your vision will be clearer.
It will continue to improve over time. It is common for patients to see halos and star bursts around lights when they are driving at night. This generally disappears in a few weeks.
Expectations After PRK Surgery
Your PRK eye surgery procedure will take about 5 minutes for both eyes and will be minimally uncomfortable. You will see very well as soon as you sit up after surgery. After half an hour, when the anesthesia wears off, you might experience some discomfort. Your vision will remain good. Use of pain medications, eye drops, and ice packs may be used if pain is severe.
The discomfort will progressively improve dramatically over the next 2 days. The vision will sharpen and stabilize over the next few weeks. The recovery is partially dependent on healing and age. For example, younger patients generally recover faster than older patients.
Improved Night Vision After PRK Surgery
At night and in dark conditions, the pupil becomes larger to permit the maximum amount of light to enter the eye. Laser vision correction needs to take this fact into account. If the optical zone is smaller than the size of the pupil at its largest, there is a good chance that the patient will experience poor night vision or problems with glare and halos around bright objects such as oncoming headlights. EX500 is able to produce a larger optical zone, virtually eliminating glare and night vision problems associated with older generation lasers.
“Having LASIK has changed my life! Before coming to see Dr. Iskander I had been wearing glasses or contacts for 18 out of 24 years of my life. I had a -6 in one eye and a -7 in the other. I came in today for my 6 month follow up and I have 20/10 vision! Everyone in this office has been unbelievably helpful in explaining the process and have shared in my excitement over my new found vision! You can’t go wrong here!”
- Kailey P., LASIK Patient
“If you’re thinking of getting LASIK I highly recommend San Antonio Eye Specialists… great staff, very knowledgeable, they make you fell very comfortable.”
- Miguel Z., LASIK Patient
“I just had my follow up appointment this morning, following my LASIK surgery yesterday afternoon and I am totally amazed. My vision before the surgery was 20/400 – i had EXTREME astigmatism and nearsightedness. This morning I woke up with 20/15 vision. Dr. Iskander was so calming and professional and his staff was wonderful. Such a great experience!”
- Kate B., LASIK Patient
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