Many people choose corrective eye surgery as a more permanent solution to contacts or eyeglasses. Corrective eye surgery, such as Lasik and PRK, has been very popular since the early 1990’s with millions of surgeries performed to date. There are a few things you need to know before you have corrective eye surgery.
There are several different corrective eye surgeries available and which one works best varies from person to person. Additionally, some surgeries work better for specific eye diseases and conditions. A consultation with an eye surgeon will help you decide which eye surgery will suit you the best.
With LASIK eye surgery, you should start to see clearly in a few hours and be clear and healed within a week. PRK surgery takes a few days before you start to see clearly, and the healing time takes a few months. Additionally, some surgeries will require a few months of medicated eye drops.
Knowing your refractive error will give you an idea on whether or not you’ll need a repeat procedure or refinement. Traditionally the more nearsighted you are, the higher the chances are that you’ll need a refinement. Dr Moshagov will explain this to you at your eye consultation.
It’s worth keeping in mind that after your corrective eye surgery you still may not have perfect vision, so always consult your ophthalmologist to gauge expected outcomes post your surgical eye procedure.
There is no such thing as a risk-free surgery, and each type of surgery comes with various risks. It’s extremely important that you have a good understanding of these risks before you undergo the surgical procedure. Things like under correction, over correction, or infections are common risks.
Ask about the post-surgical care routine. If you need eye drops, ask for how long you’ll have to use them and how often you need to put them in. Ask about the healing time as well and how often you’ll have to come back so your eye surgeon can monitor the healing process.
While the the above six point points are in no way an exhaustive list, they are extremely important and ideally you should address all of them prior to your eye surgery. Remember, Dr. Moshegov is always available to answer your questions.