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How Soon Can You Smoke Cigarette After Lasik Eye Surgery
Lasek is a modified version of prk, where dilute alcohol is used to loosen the epithelium. The epithelium is slid to the side, and an excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea to eliminate myopia, hyperopia, and/or astigmatism. Then - the epithelial layer is repositioned over the cornea, and a bandage contact lens is placed. The epithelium will typical heal over ...Read more
Never without: Suffering some symptoms of dryness and irritation. For a variety of reasons, the ocular surface is compromised after lasik surgery. Consequently the ocular surface is intrinsically more dry. Smoking anytime will worsen that both from the effects of the smoke and the pharmaceutical effect of the tobacco. Discuss the situation with your doc and see if you can come up with an agreeable compromise.See 1 more doctor answer
Very quickly: Some improvement immediately, rapid improvement over a few days, stability over a few months.See 3 more doctor answers
Vision, dryness: Most lasik surgeries do extremely well with the apparatus well worked out into its fourth generation of improvement. The two major things seen are a final refraction not perfect (usually a little near sighted) and dryness. If it is strongly desirable to improve the vision to perfect an enhancement procedure can be done. Dryness is treated with drops and frequently lessens over time..See 2 more doctor answers
Follow directions: Before your procedure, your lasik doctor should have gone over post-operative precuations with you. Some include not getting dirt, water (or your fingers!) in your eyes, using your eye drops as directed, and keeping your post-op appointments. If you have any questions about what you can and cannot do, please call the surgeon's office to go over the directions with him/her.See 3 more doctor answers
Maybe: It depends on whether the lasik was meant to correct your distance vision or your near vision (some people do one each for each of their two eyes - this is called monovision). Younger people your age correct the distance vision of both eyes, but later in life you will still need reading glasses unless you get more surgery.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: It is customary to use steroid eye drops for several days after lasik surgery. There are several different brands of steroids that can be used. There are typically no adverse systemic effects from the steroid drops, as the amount of steroid used is quite small and the duration of treatment is usually short.
Amost always: Nothing is 100% safe. Not even driving a car or crossing a street. Lasik is one of the safest procedures around but it's unrealistic to think in absolute terms of "safe" vs "unsafe". The patient has to be willing to sign the consent form that discloses everything that can go wrong (very rarely) and be comfortable taking a small chance for a big reward.See 4 more doctor answers
All laser LASIK: I believe that bladeless lasik is safer. A laser created flap is perfect most every time unless suction is lost, and even in the limited times I have seen that, there were no serious consequences. Wavefront lasik is often promoted as the most advanced, but in my experience, not absolutely necessary as long as spherical aberration is reduced with the ablation profile.See 2 more doctor answers
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