(Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis)
|Cornea of the Eye|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Under- or over-correction of the cornea shape
- Fuzzy or blurry vision
- Poor night vision
- Seeing halos or sunbursts around light/glare
- Long-term dryness, scratchiness, or pain in eyes
- Correction may not last
- Permanent decrease or loss of vision that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses
- Need for additional laser or surgery
- Pre-existing eye disease (such as glaucoma ) or abnormalities in the shape of the cornea (such as keratoconus)
- Persistent eye infections (such as blepharitis )
- Dry eyes
- Thin cornea
- Large pupil size
- Autoimmune disease, immunodeficiency, and other conditions, or use of medicines that alter wound healing
- Any other form of fluctuating vision
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Complete eye exam
- Review of medicines
- It is best to stop wearing your contact lenses at least 2-4 weeks before surgery. The length of time depends on the type of contact lenses and your doctor’s preference.
- Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
- Do not wear lotion, cream, make-up, or perfume the day before or day of surgery.
- You may be asked to scrub your eyelashes and/or use eye drops before the surgery.
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
Description of Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Do not rub your eyes.
- Vision may be hazy or cloudy; you may see starbursts or halos around lights.
- Take pain medicine as recommended by your doctor .
- Use eye drops prescribed by your doctor to prevent infection and decrease inflammation.
- Do not put a contact lens or anything else in the operative eye unless instructed by your doctor.
- Do not use cream, lotion, or make-up near the eye until allowed to do so by your eye doctor (usually at least two weeks).
Call Your Doctor
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, bleeding, or discharge from the eye
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Vision worsens
- Any other problems or concerns
Eye Surgery Education Council http://www.lasikinstitute.org/
LASIK Surgery United States Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html
American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Available at: http://www.aao.org/ .
United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/ .
- Reviewer: Eric L. Berman, MD
- Update Date: 00/22/2012 -
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