Laser eye surgery typically involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea of the eye in order to correct certain vision problems. The most common types of laser eye surgery are LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy).
During LASIK, a laser is used to create a small flap in the cornea. The flap is then folded back, and the laser is used to reshape the underlying tissue. Once the reshaping is complete, the flap is placed back into its original position, where it begins to heal.
PRK, on the other hand, does not involve the creation of a flap. Instead, the laser is used to remove a small amount of the surface of the cornea, and then reshape the underlying tissue.
Both procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and take only a few minutes to complete. Recovery time varies, but most patients experience significant improvement in their vision within a few days to a week.
After a LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) procedure, patients may experience some temporary side effects such as blurred vision, glare, halos, dry eyes, and mild discomfort. These symptoms typically subside within a few days to a week.
Patients will typically be given eye drops to use for a period of time after the surgery, to help with healing and to prevent infection. It is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon, which may include not rubbing the eyes, avoiding swimming and exposure to dust and dirt for a certain period of time, and using the prescribed eye drops as directed.
Most patients will have a follow-up appointment with their surgeon the day after the surgery, and then again at regular intervals in the following weeks and months to monitor the healing process and ensure that the desired visual outcome is achieved.
It’s important to note that LASIK is not a one-time solution and there is a small percentage of patients who may need a touch-up procedure or enhancement in the future, also the results may vary depending on the individual case and the skill of the surgeon.