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LASIK Surgery: What to Expect Before, During, and After

LASIK Surgery: What to Expect Before, During, and After

LASIK surgery in New York has given countless people the chance to enjoy clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses. This quick, safe, and effective procedure corrects misshapen corneas, so if you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you may be a candidate for this procedure. A consultation with an eye doctor can help you better understand how this procedure works and what you can do to ensure the best possible outcome.

Before Your Procedure

Prior to undergoing LASIK surgery, your eye doctor can tell you how the procedure will change the shape of your cornea, as well as what vision changes you can anticipate after your surgery. You might also need to make some minimal changes to your normal personal hygiene routine. Items such as eye cream and eye makeup can leave behind residue that could interfere with your LASIK surgery, so your eye doctor might advise you to stop using them for a period of time before the procedure as a precautionary measure.

During Your Procedure

On the day of your treatment, your ophthalmologist might go over the procedure one final time. To ensure your comfort, he may also give you a medication that relaxes the eyes and desensitizes the treatment area. Many people are surprised to find how fast LASIK surgery is. Your ophthalmologist will likely finish your procedure in less than an hour. During this time, you should feel no pain, though you might experience blurred vision.

After Your Procedure

Because LASIK eye surgery can initially blur your vision, have a friend or family member give you a ride home. Once at home, you may want to rest your eyes for the remainder of the day. Though LASIK surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, your eyes need time to heal. You may have to avoid using any lotions, creams, or cleansers around your eyes so that you do not inadvertently irritate them. In a matter of weeks or even days, though, you’ll be able to enjoy the effects of your LASIK surgery with your newly clear vision.

Do you have more questions about LASIK surgery? If so, call Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (646) 350-3391 to schedule an appointment at our New York office. Dr. Hornfeld would be happy to explain the process and benefits of LASIK eye surgery.