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|A Vision of the Future
Thanks to the greater prevalence of laser eye treatment clinics and reduction in costs, increasing numbers of patients are seeking laser surgery for a permanent vision solution. For those who have worn corrective lenses for most of their lives, this proven, safe technology offers a ticket to freedom. Many optometrists offer introductory information and referrals to reputable surgeons.
Choosing laser eye surgery is a big decision. Whatever your treatment goal, proper preparation before surgery will help you obtain optimal results, speed up recovery, and minimize potential risks. If you've done your homework, then this advanced procedure can lead to a quick and healthy recovery. Here's a guide to how to prepare for your laser eye surgery.
When it is determined that you are a good candidate for eye laser treatment, ask how you should prepare for the appointment. Your optometrist and the laser treatment clinic can offer valuable suggestions to help you obtain the best results. For instance, most optometry and laser surgery clinics ask that you refrain from wearing contact lenses for a few weeks because they can change the shape of your cornea, making it harder to accurately measure and evaluate your eyes and eyesight.
You may also want to bring a list of your current and past eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions, your overall health history including conditions such as diabetes, and any questions you have about the surgery or recovery. Sunglasses are recommended as your eyes may feel light sensitive after the evaluation tests.
Wear glasses rather than contact lenses for a few weeks. Makeup and lotions, especially those in the eye area, should be avoided for the days leading up to the surgery. Similarly, haircuts and hair treatments should be avoided as well.
Since the procedure uses a local anesthetic, there are few restrictions on what you may eat or drink before the surgery. The exception is alcohol, which should be avoided for 48 hours in advance to prevent the eyes from becoming dehydrated.
Fred Farias III, OD, FAAO
Dr. Fred Farias III is certified as a therapeutic optometrist and an optometric glaucoma specialist. He has been in private practice in McAllen, Texas for over 30 years and has received the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Small Business of The Year Award. Dr. Farias earned Fellowship in American Academy of Optometry and is currently the only optometrist in the Rio Grande Valley to hold this distinction.
He has served as President of The Texas Optometric Association in 2014-2015. Dr. Farias was appointed by the Governor to the Texas State Board of Optometry and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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