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Will I Still Need Glasses or Contacts After Getting LASIK?

September 26th, 2016

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LASIK can significantly reduce the inconvenience of correcting your refractive errors. Sports, swimming, and living a more carefree life are easier things to do when you do not have to worry about breaking your glasses, removing your contacts, or the doubly painful experience of getting sand behind your soft lenses. That being said, a common misconception about LASIK is that it is a complete solution for vision problems. This is not entirely true.

Your Prescription May Change After You Get LASIK

Your vision may not stay the same even after undergoing laser eye surgery. In the same way your prescription likely changed before getting LASIK (and meant a change to the prescription for your glasses and contacts) you may experience a change after LASIK as well. Normally, this can be addressed with a “touch up” LASIK procedure. Some people may choose to occasionally wear glasses instead of undergoing another operation. Some of your astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness may come back even after you have done LASIK. In these cases, the changes to your vision do not have to do with the procedure itself.

LASIK Does Not Prevent Your Need For Reading Glasses Later In Life

Bad vision is often spoken of as a singularity, when in actuality there are a number of different conditions that can cause poor vision or refractive errors. Some people suffer from nearsightedness, some suffer from farsightedness, and others suffer from astigmatism. Some suffer from a combination of different issues. The point is that different factors cause different problems, which means a treatment that may help one vision problem may not do much for another.

As useful as LASIK may be for astigmatism and near- or farsightedness (among other issues) it does not prevent later vision loss due to age-related issues like presbyopia. Presbyopia affects near vision for people over the age of 40. While there are additional procedures you can get to improve persisting vision issues after LASIK, your doctor may deem that it is not worth the added stress of further surgical procedures. Oftentimes, individuals in this unique situation have near-perfect vision and simply need to wear glasses while reading or driving late at night.

Prescription Changes May Be Due To Hormonal Fluctuations

Hormonal fluctuations can also have an effect on a person’s vision. This could be a reason individuals experience vision problems even after undergoing LASIK eye surgery. Pregnancy is one scenario in which a person’s prescription could change due to hormonal issues, causing some to choose to get LASIK after they have decided to stop having children.

Eye Exams Are Just As Important After LASIK As They Were Before

LASIK can be a great way to improve your vision, but it is not a set it and forget it solution to your eye care. Proper eye care means seeing your eye doctor for regular eye exams to ensure your prescription has not changed. In addition, LASIK does not do anything to prevent glaucoma, cataracts, or other eye diseases. Just because you no longer wear glasses or contacts does not mean you can forget about the other important facets of your eye health.

Feinerman Vision specialists are honored to serve the Newport Beach area. Stop by Feinerman Vision to chat with one of our eye specialists and find out if LASIK is right for you. Schedule a consultation or a comprehensive eye exam today.


Your LASIK Post-Op Timeline

July 29th, 2016

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LASIK surgery has one of the easiest recoveries of all eye surgeries. However, even for how easy it is, you still need to take some precautions to ensure you no complications arise. If you are considering LASIK surgery, you may also be wondering – “What exactly does LASIK recovery look like?”

At Feinerman Vision, we understand that knowledge is the key to feeling comfortable with any surgery. Many people feel nervous before LASIK surgery, but we find that a good knowledge of what happens after the surgery is great for peace of mind.

Let’s discuss what you can expect from your LASIK recovery, from the minutes after your surgery to months later.

The First 30 Minutes

Directly after the procedure with Dr. Feinerman, you will rest for a short while before going home. The numbing eye drops given to you before the procedure will last around 30 minutes, give or take. You will be given protective goggles to use while sleeping and in the hours after surgery. Dr. Feinerman will also send you off with all medications you will need for recovery. You will need someone there to drive you home from the procedure.

When You Get Home

When you get home, it is recommended that you take a few hours to rest. The anesthetic eye drops will begin to wear off, and you may feel some discomfort such as grittiness and dryness. It is very important that you do not rub your eyes. Be sure to wear your protective goggles, and use medicated eye drops as directed by Dr. Feinerman.

The Day After Surgery

The morning after your LASIK surgery, you can remove your protective goggles. You will need to attend your first of a series of follow-up appointments with Dr. Feinerman this day. Be sure to inform him of any side-effects you have experienced, and ask any questions you may have. Make sure there is someone to drive you to your follow-up appointment. Dr. Feinerman will assess if it is safe for you to drive during the appointment.

One Week Post-Op

You will have your second follow-up appointment with Dr. Feinerman one week after your surgery. At this time, Dr. Feinerman will tell you if you can resume wearing makeup and playing sports/exercising. Your vision should have made significant improvements during this time.

Two Weeks Post-Op

After you hit the two-week mark, you should be able to return to swimming and getting your face wet. It is ok to get a little bit of water in your eyes, but it should still be avoided.

Follow-up Appointments

Generally, you will be asked to three more follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing correctly – one at the one month mark, another at the 6-month mark, and one more after one year. These appointments are important to making sure no complications arise and that your vision is at its best!

If you are still worried about the recovery associated with LASIK surgery, be sure to call Feinerman Vision in Newport Beach, CA. Set up your LASIK consultation appointment and let Dr. Feinerman answer any questions you have before making your decision. LASIK surgery changes many lives, why not yours too? Call us today at (949) 631-4780 or request an appointment online!


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Newport Beach, California 92663

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