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The 10 most frequently asked questions prior to refractive surgery

Refractive surgery gives rise to many questions on the part of patients. Here are the 10 most frequent questions before the operation.

What are the precautions to be taken before surgery?

Whether in LASIK or PKR, the precautions to be observed before surgery are relatively simple:

-Do not wear lenses at least 48 hours before the procedure, to allow the surface of the eye not being sore the day of surgery

-Do not wear makeup the day of surgery. It will be possible to be admitted after 48 hours after LASIK, and after removal of the bandage lenses (5th or 6th day) after PKR

What is the duration of the surgery and is painful?

It takes about 10 to 15 minutes per eye, knowing that the time of deliverance laser are relatively short with recent platforms: less than 20 seconds for the realization of a flap of LASIK in the femtosecond laser, and about 1.5 to 2 seconds per treatment with excimer laser diopters. The rest of the time is devoted to the installation of the operative field, in the phases of control and alignment of the eye with the laser, etc. The surgery is not painful because performed under local anesthesia with drops that are instilled before surgery. Some tingling may be felt, and the instrument that prevents blink (the retractor eyelids or blepharostat) is sometimes a little discomfort in the case of "tension" including.

How much does the surgery cost?

Depends on the technique used (PKR or LASIK), the type of options, and the place (ex Paris where rates are higher in the province). With recent material, in pressure hands, an indicative price range (for Paris) is from 2200 to 3500 euros for both eyes. Learn more about the price of refractive surgery. The operation is not covered by social security. 

Can I drive home or will I get home?

He shouldn't try to drive after the surgery, accompanied by return or by taxi is needed. It is also possible to take the public transport to be accompanied by conditions. Tinted filter glasses are usually given to surgery patient, as well as a pair of covers eye to wear during the first nights (to avoid involuntary eye rubbing).

When should I start treatment after surgery?

The same day, it is advisable to instill prescribed eye drops, starting at least an hour after surgery. The different drops can be instilled at 5 minute intervals, or distributed at regular intervals.  Do not rub the eyes; If an irritation or discomfort is felt (this is very common in the hours following surgery), they should rinse or moisturize the eyes with saline.

Can I go in the Sun after the procedure?

It is possible to attend places sunny at the waning of the surgery, but good lenses filter the UV (sunglasses of good quality and sufficient coverage) is strongly recommended.

When can I bathe after surgery?

It is possible to swim or bathe about 10 to 15 days after surgery: swimming glasses is highly recommended for meetings of sports swimming in the pool or in the sea. This Council is also valid even for patients not! Note that the port of contacts during sessions of swimming exposes at risk of severe infection (amoebic keratitis).

When can I wash my hair?

Wash your hair is possible in the next day or two days of intervention: just close your eyes, and rinse them with saline after a shower, or in the case of projection of droplets.

When can I fly?

In theory, air travel is possible at the immediate course of the surgery. It is however to wait 24 to 48 hours, especially after PKR.

When can I do sport?

Outside of swimming, the resumption of a gym or jogging activity may be considered a week after PKR, and a few days after LASIK. However, sports that expose the projection of dust or eye stains, from eye injuries are deprecated. The lenses filter UV is mandatory for Alpine skiing, water-skiing and activities in sunny or highly light reflective environnement.

View other frequently asked questions about refractive surgery.







2 Responses to "The 10 most common questions before refractive surgery"

  1. Garnier says:

    I'm going to have surgery on May 14th in your department, by PKR.
    I leave 5 weeks later in the Verdon to climb for 2 week.
    I intend to use a pair of category 4 glasses and a cap nonetheless is that sufficient or is there a risk of regression than to expose itself so intensely?
    Thank you for your very complete site.

  2. Dr. Damien Gatinel says:

    A pair of index 4 filter glasses is perfectly adatpée to your future activity, after refractive surgery by PKR.

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