When it comes to eye surgeries, although an experienced surgeon helps, but the questions you should be asking definitely go beyond the “where can I find a good and experienced LASIK surgeon in Singapore” category. It is important that you are well informed and understand all the risks, side effects associated with the surgery. Last but not least, properly manage your expectations through detailed discussion with your doctor and know that although no hospital stay is required, that doesn’t mean you are done the moment you leave the hospital post-surgery.
Follow-up reviews are just as important as the pre-surgery precautions and preparations. Especially the first one.
A postoperative visit to your doctor’s office within the first 24-48 hours of the surgery is required for your doctor to thoroughly evaluate the results and monitor the healing progress. Generally, most doctors will see their LASIK patients the following day.
After your first postoperative visit, your doctor may schedule follow up appointments with you in one week, one month, three months, six months and then yearly, if there are no complications.
All the follow-up reviews will allow your doctor to monitor the progress of healing and improvements of your eyes as well as making sure that no complication is developing. In some cases, some patient may require follow up surgery; this could be determined at your follow-up reviews.
For the first couple days, you should focus on getting enough rest and let your eyes heel. You may also need to wait for a couple weeks before you resume using lotions, creams or make-up around the eye to prevent infection. You may be asked to continuingly scrub your eyelashes for a period of time.
Even with no follow-up review scheduled, you should also avoid swimming and using hot tubs for the first couple of months after your LASIK surgery, and at least a month for contact sports like football, boxing, karate, etc. This is to protect your eyes from both being hit or anything that might get in them by accident.
Note that your vision may fluctuate within the first few months of the surgery, this is perfectly normal and should stabilize with time.
If during your follow-up reviews, you and your doctor decide that further correction or enhancement is necessary, make sure that you wait at least 3 months before another surgery. Your eye measurement should be consistent by then.