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Enjoy this summer free of glasses or contact lenses with LASIK surgery! You may be thinking, how do I get started? Or how do I know if I’m a candidate? At Relf EyeCare Specialists, we offer a FREE LASIK screening! During that visit, we will take measurements of your eyes to see if you are a candidate and discuss everything to expect before, during, and after surgery. We will also discuss pricing and answer any questions you may have. 

Common asked questions:

Am I too old to get LASIK??

No one is “too old” to get LASIK, but there are a few things to consider. 

  • If you are around or over the age of 45, you will still need glasses (over-the-counter readers) for reading. Sometimes we can do a monovision correction (one eye sees at a distance and the other eye sees up close) to lessen the need for reading glasses. 
  • If you do have cataracts, our surgeon may advise against refractive surgery because the results will not be long-lasting due to the cataract development.

What will I feel during surgery?

  • Your eyes are numbed completely with eye drops so there is no pain during the procedure. But you will feel a pressure sensation for a short time during surgery. You are also given medicine that will help you relax during the procedure.

How long has LASIK been around?

  • It was approved by the FDA in 1998, and our surgeon, Dr Lisa Graham has been performing LASIK for over 20 years!

Do I have to stop wearing contact lenses before the surgery?

  • Yes! There will be a time, usually between 2-3 weeks, that you will need to wear glasses instead of contact lenses. This ensures we get accurate measurements before your surgery. 

How long will the results last after surgery?

  • As long as your prescription is stable before surgery, your distance vision will likely not change until cataracts start developing which is usually in your 60’s. 

What should I expect after surgery?

  • When you get home from surgery, the numbing drops will have worn off and your eyes will be very irritated, watery, and light-sensitive. It is important to rest your eyes!  Take a nap or just keep them closed for at least a few hours. When you wake up, your eyes will feel much better, maybe just a little scratchy and irritated. With LASIK, your vision is typically quite functional after surgery! Many patients are even able to drive and return to work the day after the procedure.  

How do I care for my eyes after surgery?

  • There will be numerous eye drops that you will be using after surgery to help with the healing process. Your eyes will naturally be more dry after the procedure, usually lasting 3-6 months. Therefore, it is very important to use preservative-free artificial tears frequently after surgery and then Dr. Graham will reduce the amount of drops as you heal and are seen for your post-op appointments. 
  • Do not rub your eyes! You will be given goggles to sleep with for the first week after surgery to ensure you don’t rub your eyes in your sleep. 

If you have more questions or would like to schedule a FREE screening, please give us a call at (218) 720-3553 or visit our website at www.relfeyecare.com!

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