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Pfoff Laser and Eye, 6881 South Yosemite Street | Centennial, Colorado 80112 | 303-588-7900| info@pfofflaserandeye.com

LASIK

Post operative instructions for patients of ours who have had LASIK refractive surgery

You have just had one of the most rehabilitative operations in the history of man. It is truly a miracle of modern medicine. It is important that you don't "mess it up". A cut has been made across the structural element of the cornea called the stroma. This flap can have a number of complications associated with it:

The nerves to the surface have been cut with the creation of the flap. It is these nerves that send the impulses to the brain to blink when the surface of the cornea dries out. Since the cut was made in very solid tissue, it takes up to a year and a half to regenerate these nerves enough to initiate a blink when the surface of the cornea dries. This makes it important that you take measures to keep the cornea from drying out. These include:

Do not rub your eyes, even through your eyelids for at least six months. We can always tell if someone rubs there eyes when we look at the eye with the slit lamp biomicroscope. There are little folds present when the eyes have been rubbed. The presence of these folds always means that the patient has rubbed their eye.  If the flap dislocates, that is a sure sign the eyes have been rubbed.

When this happens it is necessary to “refloat” or open the flap and reposition it so that there are no stria or folds remaining. Sometimes it is necessary that the flap be stitched to the bed of the cornea. The long-and-the-short of it is: Don’t rub your eyes after this procedure.

Your vision may fluctuate for the first few days. This will usually stabilize after the first week or so. Your eyes may continue to tear, have a foreign body sensation, and be sensitive to light. Taking all of your medications as directed will help relieve any discomfort. Extra Strength Tylenol is usually enough to relieve any discomfort. If not, call the office and we will prescribe stronger medication. Remember, most pharmacies close at around 8:00 PM.

 

Now that we have sufficiently frightened you to death, it is important for you to know that you will do just fine. This operation has been done on millions of people. Probably the reason you have had it done, was because you knew of someone that had it and were thrilled with the result. You will be also.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LASEK

Post operative instructions for patients of ours who have had LASEK refractive surgery

You have just had one of the most rehabilitative operations in the history of man. It is truly a miracle of modern medicine. It is important that you don't "mess it up". There are very few problems that develop from this operation. Patience is the by-word.

A contact lens has been placed over the cornea to allow the sealing of the surface epithelium. (See LASEK) It is necessary that this contact lens stay on the cornea for up to a week. We will make the decision when to remove it.

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Normal activities may resume after the first week, except for swimming (your doctor will advise you when it is safe to resume swimming). It will still be normal to experience eye discomfort, sensitivity to light and glare, and tearing as the eyes continues to heal.

 

During the first week, We will instruct you to wear the shields whenever you are sleeping. As the tape that holds your shield in place becomes unusable, you may use Scotch,  paper. or plastic tape to keep your shield in place. If your skin is unusually sensitive you may wish to purchase medical paper tape at a drug store.

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