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What happens after laser eye surgery?

What happens after laser eye surgery?

Depends on goal: Laser may be used to change the refractive power of the eye (lasik or prk), treat glaucoma (alt), treat angle closure glaucoma (peripheral iridotomy), treat aberrant blood vessels in the back of the eye (prpc, focal laser treatment), or tumors of the back of the eye. What happens after is improvement in the treated condition, and sometimes a cure. ...Read more

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Why can't I watch tv after laser eye surgery?

Why can't I watch tv after laser eye surgery?

Give them a rest: Laser eye surgery can cause mild irritation for the first few hours after the procedure. It is also during this time that the eye can feel its driest. Keeping the eye open causes it to become somewhat drier, increasing the irritation and discomfort, and possibly even slowing down healing to some degree. ...Read more

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What happens before and after laser eye surgery?

What happens before and after laser eye surgery?

Nothing happens: Before. After the surgery you have to heal and you mightr have dry eye and other side effects - do a web seearch. ...Read more

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How often do you need enhancement after laser eye surgery?

It depends: Looking at all patients the number is between 5 and 15 percent. However everyone heals differently so the number can vary. Many patients with larger prescriptions and higher astigmatism are more likely to need an enhancement. ...Read more

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Could one eye heas faster than the other after laser eye surgery?

Could one eye heas faster than the other after laser eye surgery?

Yes: Every eye heals differently, even on the same person. Discuss your concerns with the surgeon who did the procedure. ...Read more

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What to do if I got smoke in my eye 4 months after laser eye surgery?

What to do if I got smoke in my eye 4 months after laser eye surgery?

Eye drops: Getting smoke in the eyes can cause eye irritation. There is nothing about your previous laser surgery that would put you at risk of anything threatening either the surgery or your vision. Use of over the counter artificial years several times a day can provide some relief. If not, have your eyes examined, but do not be concerned that your laser surgery could be damaged or impaired by the smoke. ...Read more

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How often can you need a touch up or enhancement after laser eye surgery?

How often can you need a touch up or enhancement after laser eye surgery?

Depends on your eyes: The corrective effects of laser vision correction are usually permanent. Occasionally, there can be a small healing response or rarely a thinning of the cornea that causes its shape to change and the prescription to shift. As well, as one approaches the 50s and beyond, changes in the natural lens of the eye cause prescription changes despite how effective lasik was. ...Read more

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How frequently do you need a touch up or enhancement after laser eye surgery?

15%: National averages run from about 5-15% need an enhancement treatment. The higher the initial prescription the greater the likelihood. ...Read more

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Swimming after laser eye surgery?

Swimming after laser eye surgery?

No: Swimming is not recommended after laser eye surgery to prevent complications, such as an eye infection/inflammation.
Stay away for at least one month. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to start bodybuilding again after laser eye surgery?

How much time does it take to start bodybuilding again after laser eye surgery?

Two weeks: Two weeks should be enough if you had no problems after surgery. The main concern would be getting sweat and bacteria into the eyes during the work out. Wash your face before and after the workout. ...Read more

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Can the eye ball regrow after laser eye surgery?

Can the eye ball regrow after laser eye surgery?

No: Laser eye surgery does not shrink the eye and the eye cannot re-grow afterwards. Lasik re-shapes the front window (cornea) to account for the prescription in your eye. Occasionally, there are those whose prescriptions seem to return after lasik. This can be due to early cataract growth, or regression caused by a change in the cornea after lasik. ...Read more

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How long after laser eye surgery can I start wearing eye makeup again?

Speak to your surgeo: Speak to your surgeon, but typically within a few days you could do what ever you want including eye makeup. ...Read more

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What happens if I'm nearsighted and my eyes are still getting worse, would they get worse after laser eye surgery?

What happens if I'm nearsighted and my eyes are still getting worse, would they get worse after laser eye surgery?

Safe LASIK: Lasik should be done when the glasses rx (refraction) is stable (ie:eye has stopped growing). Risks: regression-myopia can "comes back", dry eye, glare & haloes, infection, scarring, flap problems, need for enhancement, decreased vision. Risks of vision threatening complications are rare. See a conservative, experienced eyemd who cares about what is best for you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if I'm nearsighted and my eyes are still getting worse, would they get worse after laser eye surgery?

Can you tell me what you suggest if I'm nearsighted and my eyes are still getting worse, would they get worse after laser eye surgery?

Need to be stable: If your eyes are changing then you should wait on laser surgery. Discuss this with an ophthalmologist who performs laser surgery. All eyes change over time; and most studies show that laser does not change the rate of change. ...Read more

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Should I use reading glasses after laser eye surgery or is the surgery going to fix that?

Should I use reading glasses after laser eye surgery or is the surgery going to fix that?

Likely reading glass: If you are already wearing reading glasses or bifocals before lasik, you will likely still need glasses for near after.
Lasik typically corrects the distance vision permanently. After age 40, near vision still needs an additional reading glass correction.

There is an option to purposely undercorrect one eye (leaving it near sighted) to allow spectacle free vision - this is called monovision. ...Read more

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I'm thinking of getting laser eye surgery, I am 21 y/o. Any advice?

I'm thinking of getting laser eye surgery, I am 21 y/o. Any advice?

Yes: 21 is an acceptable age to have laser eye surgery, so long as your eye glass or contact lens prescription has remained stable. You need a pre-operative evaluation by an experienced refractive surgeon to make sure your eyes meet the standards to make you a good candidate. Most lasik surgeons do not charge for the initial examination. ...Read more

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Is laser eye surgery painful?

No it is Not: Lasik eye surgery only takes around 15 minutes per eye. Your procedure will begin with topical anesthetic drops used to numb your eyes. You will be awake during the procedure, but you will be given a sedative to keep you relaxed. ...Read more

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Is laser eye surgery worth it?

Is laser eye surgery worth it?

Maybe: I assume you are referring to Laser vision correction or LASIK. There are many other kinds of eye laser. If you have uncorrected nearsightedness and/or astigmatism and are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses then usually LVC can decrease or eliminate your need for these appliances in safe and effective manner. Everything depends on your surgeon and his or her experience and judgement. ...Read more

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How can laser eye surgery work?

How can laser eye surgery work?

Laser vision: Surgery works by precisely removing corneal tissue changing the shape of the front surface of the eye. ...Read more

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When can you get laser eye surgery?

See laser surgeon: Multiple factors make you a good candidate for laser eye surgery... over 18 if you are nearsighted, 21 if you are farsighted or have astigmatism. Eyes of disease and vision correctable with glasses. Sould not have certain systemic diseases or be on certain medicines. Corneas should not be too step or too flat or to thin, etc. In short, you will need to see a laser eye surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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How successful is laser eye surgery?

How successful is laser eye surgery?

Genererally excellen: Lasik surgery (and prk) produces excellent visual results with a success rate approaching 100%. There are a few minor issues like eye dryness but this can be dealt with. Discuss your personal situation with your eye lasik surgeon to see what is best for you. ...Read more

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Is laser eye surgery worth the risk?

Is laser eye surgery worth the risk?

Lasik risk: Performed by a skilled lasik surgeon the risks are minimal. This is also true for laser eye surgery. ...Read more

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Choosing the right laser eye surgery?

Choosing the right laser eye surgery?

Depends on a problem: It depends on what your eye problem is. If it is myopia, then lasik may be considered, if it's retinal detachment, then photocoagulation is the way to go. If it's glaucoma, it would be something else.
I'd get referred to ophthalmologist for the final answer. ...Read more

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Can laser eye surgery be good or bad?

Can laser eye surgery be good or bad?

Be evaluated: Your ophthalmologist after doing pre operative testing should be able to tell you whether it is a good treatment for your eyes. ...Read more

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How much will laser eye surgery cost?

How much will laser eye surgery cost?

Depends: Surgeons may charge anywhere fro $800 per eye to $4000 per eye depending on your local market and the surgeon. Look for an experienced surgeon. ...Read more

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How well does laser eye surgery work?

How well does laser eye surgery work?

There are multiple: Different lasers and dozens of procedures that are performed using these lasers. How it works really depends on which procedure you are interested in knowing about. LASIK and PRK change the shape of your cornea to allow the eye to focus the light better. Sometimes the cornea is too strong or too weak, and the laser helps us fix that. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Who should not get laser eye surgery?

Who should not get laser eye surgery?

Contraindications: Patients whose refraction is not stable, whose corneas are too thin or are irregular on topography, pregnant patients, patients with uncontrolled diabetes or glaucoma and patients on certain prescription medications such as amiodarone are not good candidates. Also, patients with other eye conditions such as cataract or macular degeneration should not have this surgery. Discuss with your eye md. ...Read more

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What amount does laser eye surgery cost?

What amount does laser eye surgery cost?

Average $1000/eye: On average the cost is about $1000 per eye. You will find that there are lower and higher costs depending on the skill of the ophthalmologist and with what institution he is affiliated. Try to have it done by a corneal specialist even though the cost may be higher. Call around and ask about the cost and the specialist. ...Read more