How Laser Eye Surgery Changes the Eye

21 May 2014

Getting Laser Eye Surgery is a big deal after years of putting up with blurred vision and the inconvenience of needing glasses.


Laser Eye Surgery does not change how your eyes look, but it does change the way they function. Essentially, the procedure uses tiny pulses of laser energy to remove microscopic amounts of cells from cornea.


The cornea is a clear layer of tissue found at the front of the eye, and your poor eyesight is more than likely caused by a misshapen cornea.


Laser Eye Surgery at Optilase merely reshapes the cornea so that you can see clearly without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

Will my eyes feel different after Laser Eye Surgery?

Immediately after Laser Eye Surgery at Optilase, which usually takes about 30 minutes, you will be able to see without glasses.


You should not feel any pain as prior to Laser Eye Surgery, topical anaesthetic drops are applied to your eyes.


After surgery, you will be required to wear protective goggles to safeguard your eyes from any dust or other irritants entering which could cause infection.


While most patients’ eyes will feel exactly the same as they did before surgery, some patients may experience dryer eyes for a time.


Dry eyes usually only appear after the procedure and tend to subside once the eye fully heals.


Symptoms include irritation and bloodshot eyes as there are less tears being produced to keep the eye moist.

What causes dry eyes after Laser Eye Surgery?

During Laser Eye Surgery, a corneal flap must be created to expose the cornea which sometimes can disrupt the natural tear film found on the surface of the eye causing dryness.


To reduce the occurrence of dry eyes, drops are prescribed for regular use to keep the surface of the eye moist at all times so that the corneal flap can continue to heal uninterrupted by irritation or dryness.


It also allows the tear film to also heal and allow the natural moisture balance of the eye to be restored.

What should I do if I have dry eyes after Laser Eye Surgery?

In the days after Laser Eye Surgery, take regular breaks from computer use, reading small print and/or watching television so that your eyes can rest up.


You should use the eye drops prescribed to you after Laser Eye Surgery, and avoid any activities that require constant use of the eyes which could slow down the healing process as well as increase the risk of irritation and dry eyes.


For more information on Laser Eye Surgery call +353 1 223 8821.


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