SMILE surgery

Before all the cutting-edge eye surgeries have emerged, eyeglasses had been the most common way to correct refractive vision errors. Thanks to the advancement of technology, patients now have more options to corrective eye surgery, ranging from LASIK, PRK, Relex SMILE surgery, to insertion of collamer lenses (implantable contact lenses).

These technological advancements have even given eye specialist more methods to accurately create thinner flaps so that patients who have thin corneas can also undergo eye surgeries. If you are considering these methods to enhance your vision, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  1. Follow pre-surgery procedure

Whether you will be undergoing LASIK or Relex SMILE surgery, you will be advised not to use contact lenses and forgo wearing makeup a week prior to your surgery. This is because wearing contact lenses can alter the shape of our cornea. Once you stop wearing it, your cornea will return to its natural shape before your surgery. As for not using lotions, makeup, and perfume, this is to reduce risks of infection prior and post-surgery.

  1. Painless and quick

Eye surgery only takes 7-10 minutes per eye. Your doctor will also use a topical anesthesia. You will be awake during the entire surgery and the anesthetic drops will be used to totally numb the surface of the eyes. You can go home an hour after the procedure.

  1. Arrange mean of transport

After the surgery, your vision may still be a bit hazy so you are advised not to drive for the next 24 hours. Your doctor will give you a medication to make you feel more relaxed so ask someone to accompany you on the day of surgery and help drive you home.

  1. Rest after the operation

Doctors recommend rest for 2-3 days after the operation so your eyes can fully recover. You will also need to avoid being exposed to pollution, heat, and dust for one week. Even if you feel that your eyes are itchy, do not rub it since it may dislodge the surgical flap or affect the wound. Apply eye lubricant liberally if your eyes are itchy or uncomfortable. Apply antibiotic and steroid eye drops as prescribed by your doctor according to the instructed regimen. You should also avoid applying chemicals and make-up around the eye for one week. Don’t forget to visit your eye doctor for post-operative checkup a day, a week, and a month after the operation.

  1. Inform your doctor of your medical history

Informing your doctor of your medical history and your past and present eye condition allows him or her to advice you the right services for your eye care. Your doctor will conduct a thorough eye examination to determine your suitability for the eye surgery and discuss important details beforehand. You should also be informed of the complications, risks, benefits, as well as the alternatives of the surgery being offered to you. The doctor should carefully explain everything and answer any of your questions to set proper expectations. Once you have gathered all necessary information about your eye condition and your options, give yourself enough time to think through it. If necessary, ask for a second opinion, research online to review all the details given by your doctor, or ask for advice from your friends or family member who is familiar with eye surgery.

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