Refractive & Laser Treatment
DOES THE LASER TREATMENT HURT?
Patients are given a topical anesthetic (eye drops) to numb the eye, so they experience no pain during the procedure.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO REALIZE MY FINAL RESULT?
Every patient heals at a different rate; however, the majority of our patients achieve legal driving vision the very next day. Your vision will continue to improve over a period ranging from one week to a couple of months
WILL MY EYES DETERIORATE IN THE FUTURE?
Extensive testing has been performed around the world by many different sources and it has been conclusively determined that there are no long-term health problems to the eye from these procedures.
IS LASER TREATMENT PERMANENT?
Laser is a surgical procedure that permanently removes corneal tissue to reshape the eye in order to improve refraction. The physical results are permanent. However, you should be aware that the eyes change with age. For example, Laser does not prevent presbyopia (trouble reading up-close) a condition that affects people of a certain age. BESH does however provide an alternative laser treatment for presbyopia.
WHAT IF I MOVE DURING THE LASER PROCEDURE?
Many patients worry about this. Almost everyone moves a bit during the procedure. Under the laser microscope, a person’s face and eyes can move (slightly) in concert with normal breathing.
WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE ANYTHING DURING THE PROCEDURE?
Yes. During the procedure, you will be asked to focus on a light. A few seconds after the procedure is completed, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your vision. Many of our patients say that this is one of the most memorable moments in their entire lives.
WHAT IF I BLINK WHILE UNDERGOING THE LASER PROCEDURE?
The eyelids are gently held apart during the laser treatment by a special instrument, which feels a little odd, but doesn’t typically hurt.
HOW SOON CAN I RETURN TO WORK?
The answer depends on the type of surgery: PRK, Lasik or Intra-Lasik. We recommend a return to full work activities no sooner than 3 days after PRK. With Lasik and Intra-Lasik, many patients often feel so good the day after surgery that they feel like going right back to work. We cannot guarantee that everyone will feel perfect the day after the procedure, but the overwhelming majority of individuals have expressed this feeling.
HOW SOON CAN I GO ABOUT MY NORMAL ACTIVITIES/DAILY ROUTINES?
Almost all other activities including strenuous exercise, reading, and even driving at night are OK as soon as you feel comfortable
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID?
It is best to avoid swimming and direct sunlight for the first few days after surgery as the eyes will still be a bit sensitive