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Lets make it clear : Lasik -whether it is intralase, wavefront, or intralase&wavefront- is a serious surgery. Don't believe anyone who will tell you that "you may return to your [B]normal life[/B] immediately one day after the operation". It is a big lie.

If you are thinking about having lasik here are my recommendations:

1. Take at least one week off if you are working (two weeks is better if you can). Because the first two weeks are very important in the healing process. During this time you should take your prescribed drops religiously , get as much rest as you can, and protect your eyes from anything (do not rub, do not touch, wear protective glasses when you are sleeping, wear good sunglasses outside, do not let [B]anything other than drops[/B] get into your eyes).

2. Be aware of the very common complications : dry eyes, foreign body sensation, light sensitivity, burning and itching, halos&starbursts around light sources. Almost everyone will suffer from at least one of these complications especially during the first two weeks after the surgery. Also know that most of the above complications will resolve during the normal healing time which is at least 3 months. Complete healing time is usually 6 months after the surgery. Lasik definitely is not A NEXT DAY MIRACLE HEALING OPERATION. It is a serious surgery which requires 6 months (may be up to one year) for recovery.

3 You will usually get close to 20/20 vision one day after the lasik surgery. If you do not have close to 20/20 vision following the operation don't panic. Your vision might fluctuate and usually improves as your eyes heal. Your
visual acuity will settle in at least 3 months after the surgery. You might or might not have 20/20 vision after the full recovery time. Know that THERE IS NO GUARANTEE.

4. Although statistically rare, Lasik has some serious complications regarding the corneal flap that is cut out of your eyes (either by a laser or by a blade) before the operation. Therefore if you are eligible you should think about choosing safer alternatives; especially EPI-LASIK and LASEK methods. These methods do not have any flap related complications, are much more safer than Lasik, and produce the same results in the long run if you are eligible (do not have high myopia or hyperopia).

5. Be sure that you know what you are getting yourself into: Do some research about Epi-Lasik, Lasek, and Lasik methods. Most of the Lasik places you go will try to get you into "intralase lasik". Why? Because it costs more and therefore more profitable for them. If you know the alternatives you can ask your doctor "why not the other method?" and judge their motive from the answer.

6. Know that "wearing contact lenses for prolonged times" is statistically more harmful to the eyes than the Lasik surgery. Statistically Lasik is a very safe operation (Epi-Lasik and Lasek are much more safer). Don't be afraid to get it if you are eligible. Just set your expectations "real" before the operation.

PS: I got sucked into Inralase 10 days ago and now have better than 20/20 vision (although dry eyes and halos are still bothering me). I now know that for me Epi-Lasik was the best method because I had low myopia. I did my research AFTER the operation.

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