Hi, today’s questions are more directed for women, because they are related to pregnancy childbirth. But also men need to be understanding, so they can know when it’s the best time for doing Lasik.
“Can Lasik be done when a woman is pregnant?” Lasik can be done, but it’s best avoided in the first trimester, and later on it depends more on “why are we doing it?” Because we have to be aware of two things, 1, can Lasik affect the baby in the tommy? Number 2 are the eyes stable? So we have preoperative history of the curvature of the eye, the numbers of the eye and the other similar of when the person presents to us, Lasik can be done. But in the first trimester, we don’t want to avoid any trauma to the eye because we don’t want to be putting drops, because it can affect the fetus. So the first trimester, we totally avoid, it’s almost contraindicated. In the second and third trimester, if somebody really wants… because you know a lot of times, what really happens very busy women procrastinate and put off Lasik eye surgery because of not having leave from work, and when the time comes, of pregnancy and they’re thinking of child birth that they will have to carry their glasses, or they may not have contact lenses, or contact lens intolerance has set in, they might want to do in the third trimester, when the baby is already developed would be a good time to do.
“Can Lasik be done when breastfeeding?” Again this is a relative contraindication, because you don’t want to be doing surgery and then if you put drops it could go into the milk into the baby’s mouth. But the amount of the drop we put is very minimal, and the Paediatricians will tell you that does not have any much effect on the baby. And we can even avoid putting many drops by reaching down, by occluding the eye with punctual occluders, so the drops stay in the eye. And we can put long acting drops, but again, we have to make sure that the eyes are stable. And usually as a rule of thumb, we like to wait six months, sometimes it’s not possible very long because, like I can give you an example of an editor, she came in and she was in her mid-30’s, she said, “I’m starting my family really late and I want to have my kids quick before I turn 40, so I may not get time like I (INAUDIBLE – 2:48)stop breastfeeding for a year or more, because I want to be breastfeeding for up to a year, and I want to have another baby.” So around six months would be a good time, but in special situations, we can even do earlier.
“When to get enhancement for Lasik” That bar keeps shifting. 20years ago, when we started doing Lasik, we wouldn’t even enhance anybody above 20 – 40, but today we enhance even people who are 20 – 20. The difference in our technology is more accurate with better outcomes, and we even go after minimal astigmatism like .75 diopters. Why? If you feel that it’s still residual diplopia like we discussed in the previous video because of the astigmatism, or there is not sharpness to see distance, and if that bothers you, even with (INAUDIBLE – 3:52), and even if you’re a lie short of 20-20, we can do that. So it’s more dependent on you, if it’s really bothering you and if the surgeon feels it’s something going after. Sometimes it’s more like a number, if is a quarter and the person just likes it when glasses are put, that might have more to do with cutting off some hydroboration’s (? – 4:13) glare something, and that time antiglare glasses like we mentioned she put in that (INAUDIBLE – 4:20) might be more helpful.
“When can I watch TV after Lasik?” Only good shows should be watched on TV, I’m just kidding. So on the same day of Lasik, it’s better to avoid being on laptop or TV because the light emanating from (INAUDIBLE – 4:36) can dry out your eyes, and when you’re watching something interesting, you might not remember to blink. Normally, a person blinks 16times a minute, but when you are reading a very interesting book or watching a show, you don’t, then eyes can dry out. So best avoid 24 – 48 hours, you can start listening to music and just occasionally open your eyes and watch.
Hope these questions are helpful, stay tuned for our next set.
LASIK eye surgery is capable of treating a wide range of candidates with excellent results. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for LASIK. Certain medical conditions and unique anatomical factors can put patients at an increased risk of an unsatisfactory outcome, or simply limit the success of your results.
Some of the risk factors for LASIK eye surgery include:
- Thin corneas
- Irregular corneas
- Large pupil size
- High degree of refractive error
- Severe dry eyes
- Whether or not your vision is stable
- Autoimmune or degenerative disorders
These factors are also known as “contraindications” – meaning they are reasons to withhold medical treatment. However, if you have one of these contraindications, you may qualify for a different type of laser vision correction. For example, people with thin or irregular corneas often qualify for LASEK or SUPERLASIK.
If you have further questions about LASIK eye surgery, please contact The Khanna Institute today to schedule your free LASIK screening. We serve patients throughout the Los Angeles area, with offices in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, California.