Q. Is laser vision correction safe?
A. Yes, but as with any surgery, there are risks. The chance of having a vision-reducing complication that is not correctable is less than one in a few thousand. Dr. Oyakawa has had PRK in both eyes. He has performed laser vision correction surgery on his brother, daughter, other relatives, physicians, and staff members.
Q. Is 20/20 vision guaranteed after surgery?
A. No surgical procedure can be guaranteed. We offer the best fit of technology, expertise, convenience, and value for the patient. Residual refractive errors after surgery will be enhanced with a minimal fee for up to one year if all factors indicate it will be safe to do so.
Q. What if I blink?
A. An eyelid retainer is used during surgery to prevent you from blinking.
Q. What if my eyes move?
A. All of our excimer lasers have trackers. These tracking devices use a technology that compensates for your eye movements through continuous, constant feedback on the location of the eye. This tells the laser where the eye is now, it also tells the laser where the eye will be at the precise moment when the laser is applied.
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Q. What is the enhancement rate?
A. The enhancement rate is about 2% to 3%. It depends on many factors. Initial refractive error is probably the most important factor. Each individual has a different healing response. Another important factor is the willingness of the surgeon to enhance someone who is seeing well by Snellen Acuity but still has visual complaints. We have enhanced patients with Snellen Acuity of 20/20 or 20/15 when it was safe to do so, if we believe it would resolve their visual complaints. We have also enhanced patients who had their initial procedure done elsewhere and were seeing 20/20 but had problems with glare and haloes at night.
Q. When can I drive?
A. Most patients see well enough to drive to their appointment the next day. However, use good judgment and have someone else drive if your vision is still blurry.
Q. When can I return to work?
A. Most patients can return to work the day after surgery. Appropriate precautions should be taken if the work environment is dirty or dusty.
Q. When can I shower and wash my face?
A. The next day. Avoid getting soap and water in the eyes.
Q. When can I resume my eyelid hygiene?
A. You may resume eyelid hygiene 10 days after surgey.
Q. How soon can I rub my eyes?
A. The flap continues to heal for many months. For the first few weeks, only use light pressure on the eyes. After a few months you may rub your eyes in a normal gentle manner.
Q. When can I go swimming, scuba diving or use a hot tub?
A. Two weeks.
Q. When can I fly in an airplane?
A. The next day, but you will need to use more artificial tears since the cabin air tends to be much drier.
Q. When can I play golf?
A. In three days. Avoid getting sweat in your eyes and wash your face before and after playing golf.
Q. How soon can I exercise?
A. The next day. Avoid getting sweat in your eyes and wash your face before and after exercising.
Q. When can I wear eye makeup?
A. After five days minimum.
Q. How long do LASIK results last?
A. The change to the cornea is permanent. The refraction can change due to other changes in the eye, such as a cataract. Fortunately, they can be corrected. Changes in the retina can affect vision during the normal aging process.
Q. Can I wear glasses or contact lenses after surgery?
A. The goal of refractive surgery is to decrease or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. However, a few monovision patients (one eye set for distance vision and the other eye is set for near vision) use glasses for night driving or for prolonged computer work or reading. Some monovision patients use one disposable contact lens in their near eye for good binocular vision during sports, such as tennis. Glasses or contact lens can be used while the eye stabilizes prior to enhancement.
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