Surgical instructions

for LASIKk or PRK

 
At your dilated Laisk/PRK Exam you will be give information of:
  • Surgical Facility address
  • Check in Time
  • The date to discontinue wearing contacts 
  • The date to start instilling drops
  • The dat of your follow-up appointment
  • And the following information... 

Medications

Start Zymaxid three days before surgery twice a day and continue for seven days after surgery. Start Durezol day of surgery twice a day and use for seven days after surgery. Use drops 5 minutes apart. You may use the preservative free artificial tears as often as needed. For the first day, use of tears is recommended at least every 5 – 10 minutes.

Day of Surgery

  • Eat a light meal before surgery
  • Bring someone to drive you home
  • Do not wear makeup, especially eye makeup
  • Do not wear perfume, cologne or any product with a strong scent
  • Do not weary any bulky hair accessories.

After Surgery

We will provide you with clear plastic eye shields after surgery. These eye shields should be worn the rest of surgery day and through the first night. They should be worn for the next 6 nights following your surgery. Your eyes will be light sensitive so dark glasses are also provided. Your vision will be blurry and cloudy for the first 24 hours. If you have any concerns contact Affleck Eye Care at 208-523-6868 or after hours at 208- 557-7567

Don’ts

  • Don’t resume wearing any corrective lens in the operated eye(s), even if your vision is blurry.
  • Don't read or use computers for the rest of the day after surgery.
  • Don't drive after surgery.
  • Don't rub eyes.
  • Don't use eye makeup for a week.
  • Don't watch TV or go to sleep for 4 hours after surgery.
  • Don't use swimming pools or hot tubs for 2 weeks or swim in lakes, oceans or rivers for 4 weeks.
  • Don't get soap or shampoo near your eyes for 4 to 5 days.
  • Don't participate in strenuous or contact sports for 2 weeks.

 
You will instinctively want to rub your eye, but don't! Rubbing your eye could dislodge the flap, requiring further treatment. 

Do's

  • Leave your eye shields on until the next morning after surgery.
  • Wear eye shields for the next 6 nights.
  • Use preservative free artificial tears if your eyes feel dry, scratchy or irritated.
  • Use eye protection if you are doing any activity where an object could strike your eye.
  • Update your driver's license to reflect that you no longer need glasses or contacts for driving.


Possible Symptoms After Surgery

Most patients feel mild discomfort like there is something in the eye, burning or scratchiness.  You are encouraged to use the preservative free artificial tears as often as needed to help lubricate the eye to relieve these symptoms. You may also take a mild pain reliever like Advil or Tylenol. Both your eyes may tear or water. Your vision will probably be hazy or blurry.  In addition, you may experience sensitivity to light, dry eyes, glare, starbursts or haloes around lights, or the whites of your eye may look red or bloodshot. These symptoms should improve considerably within the first few days after surgery and in most cases are mild and do not interfere with daily activates.  Using the preservative free artificial tears often may shortens symptom recovery time.  If your symptoms are not mild you may need to plan on taking a few days off from work until these symptoms subside.

 
You should contact Dr. Affleck's office immediately at 208-523-6868 or after hours at 208- 557-7567 and not wait for your scheduled visit, if you experience severe pain, or if your vision or other symptoms get worse instead of better.

During the first few months after treatment, your vision may fluctuate.

  • It may take up to three to six months for your vision to stabilize after surgery.
  • Glare, haloes, difficulty driving at night, and other visual symptoms may also persist during this stabilization period. If further correction or enhancement is necessary, a waiting period is needed before enhancement surgical treatment.
  • It is important to realize that although distance vision may improve after enhancement surgical treatment, it is possible that other visual symptoms such as glare or haloes will persist.
  • Contact Affleck Eye Care at 208-523-6868 immediately or after hours at 208- 557-7567, if you develop any new, unusual or worsening symptoms at any point after treatment. Such symptoms could signal a problem that, if not treated early enough, may lead to a loss of vision.