Good Morning, Dr Khanna here, with some very interesting questions on Lasik eye surgery, looking at it from a different angle. Some things I hadn’t thought people think and that’s how we learn more.
The first question is, “where to buy Lasik goggles” initially I got confused, like what do they mean by Lasik goggles? Then I understood. When we do Lasik surgery, we provide you postoperative kits, special glasses to wear, both during night, which are clear and wrapped around your face, so that you don’t accidentally touch or rub your eyes, and then during day time, so that no dust, sun or wind goes in and irritates your eye. I understand that some people are not able to get the same from their own Lasik providers and they’re looking to get good quality ones. So if you do online search, you can find like MHI Care, (INAUDIBLE – 1:08), solar glasses, cheapertender.com, funny name but it’s true, it is very cheap. But these have some good quality, both sun glasses, driving glasses, antiglare glasses which are very affordable.
“Can Lasik cause flutters?” No, Lasik does not cause flutters and Lasik does not treat flutters.
Which leads us to the next question, “can Lasik cause dry eyes?” Yes, Lasik can cause dry eyes, but usually it’s not permanent. When we did some studies, going back 20years ago, we used an instrument called the Osteometer, which checks the corneal sensation. We found that most of the corneal sensation returned back to normal between 3-6 months, and by 6 months people will adapt. That’s why when we are preempting dry eyes, that means we don’t want people to get dry eyes from Lasik, we start artificial tears, even insert punctual occluders in the corners of the lids to preserve the natural tears to prevent dryness from occurring. It is also very important to make sure that people don’t have severe dry eyes and that would become a contraindication. Like people with (INAUDIBLE – 2:27) syndrome who cannot produce any tears at all.
Another way we help people pre-avoid dry eyes, is that cyclosporine drops like Restasis or Zydra in indicated (INAUDIBLE – 2:41)
Our next question is, “can Lasik cure blindness?” I think that is a very general question. If the blindness legally is resulting from nearsightedness or astigmatism, yes, it can cure that. But if the blindness is from retinal detachment, (INAUDIBLE – 3:02) generation, optic nerve atrophy, then Lasik cannot help.
“Can Lasik correct double vision?” This is very important, because just yesterday, we got referred to a 24 year old young man but his neurologist, to find out the cause of his double vision. Now double vision is known as diplopia. We had to separate diplopia from monocular diplopia, where in each eye, when the other eye is closed you see double, to binocular diplopia you see double only when both eyes are open. When it is binocular diplopia, then more nerve related issues or muscle related issues are the cause. Because both eyes have to work in sync, so if the muscle is weak on one eye, one eye will move and the other eye will not and then you can have double vision. But this boy has a very clear history, that even when the left eye was closed, the right eye saw double. And the other way, when his right eye was closed, his left eye could see double too. Such things point more towards astigmatism, and that was my first impression, and we checked it his numbers, found astigmatism, put it in the trial frame and he said yes the diplopia disappeared. So that will be cured by Lasik.
“Can Lasik be done twice?” Yes, Lasik can be done twice. And when we do it the second time, we don’t even have to lift the flap. If we do Lasik today, and patient need to be enhanced to fine-tune in six months, we can just lift the old flap. But if the flap was done 10 – 15 years ago, with older instruments, it might not be wise to lift it up, and then the option becomes doing a surface treatment.
Thank you so much, keep your questions coming and watch out for answers.
So, you have gone ahead and had Lasik Eye Surgery. You may be wondering what to expect next. Are there any side effects or precautions you need to look out for or be careful of? We are here to answer all of your questions.
After having Lasik Eye Surgery it is common to have some temporary side effects. One side effect is that you might experience some tearing from either one or both of your eyes, and it might switch between the eyes. Your eyes may feel irritated and/or you might feel like there is something in your eye. There might be the occasional appearance of small red spots on the whites of your eyes. You also may experience sensitivity to light and your vision may be a bit hazy on the day of your treatment. These are all common side effects and should not alarm you. If you are experiencing any other side effect or are concerned about any part of your recovery contact your surgeon immediately.
Now that your Lasik Eye Surgery is over, there are some precautions we would like to go over with you. As with any surgery, or procedure, there are some steps you need to take to avoid injury or infection. First up, you are going to want to avoid showering or washing your hair until at least the next day. If you do decide to shower the next day you must be careful not to get any water, shampoo, or soap in your eyes for at least a week after surgery. Not that you would normally want any products in your eyes anyway! This just means you have to be extra careful. You will also want to avoid going swimming or using a sauna for at least three weeks after surgery. If you are thinking about getting your hair colored or permed, you must wait at least 10 days after your surgery. You should also avoid wearing any eye makeup for at least a week, and make sure it is clean so you can avoid any bacterial contamination or infection. You have to try not to rub your eyes for at least a month and you must sleep with your eye goggles for at least a week. You can exercise again two days after surgery but make sure to wear eye protection for up to a month after your Lasik Eye Surgery. Keep away from dirty or dusty surroundings for at least a week, and lastly make sure to wear sunglasses when you are outside in the bright sun.
By following these precautions, you will help to ensure a fast and safe recovery from your Lasik Eye Surgery.
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Los Angeles Lasik Surgeon Rajesh Khanna MD is a recognized pioneer in Presbyopic Implants for correction of aging eyes. He has popularized Cornea Cross Linking and Intacs forKeratoconus. He is an Expert Cataract, Pterygium Eye Surgeon, A Cornea Specialist he performs Laser Corneal Transplants, DMEK, DSEK and DALK. Rajesh Khanna MD is a well known medical writer. He has published the bestseller "The miracle of Pi in Eye".He is also a columnist for the newspaper Acorn. Dr.Khanna also hosts "Medical Magic". In his spare time he hikes with his family and German Shepard or does yoga. He also plays field hockey and loves swimming.