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Duvall LASIK – What to Expect After LASIK?

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Taylor Swift got laser eye surgery!

LASIK is a popular way to escape the inconvenience of wearing prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. To get a better idea of what to expect from laser eye surgery, just ask Taylor Swift – she recently underwent this life-changing procedure. Or, read the following information that our eye clinic has to share about LASIK:

Is LASIK always successful?

Although there are no guarantees, laser eye surgery has an impressive success rate. A review of 97 studies showed that 99.5% of people who had LASIK went on to enjoy visual acuity better than 20/40, as published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. However, some people still have to wear glasses or contact lenses occasionally after laser eye surgery.

Certain factors affect whether LASIK is more or less successful:

  • The skill and experience of your eye surgeon
  • Your vision prescription; laser eye surgery is best at correcting low to moderate prescriptions (up to +6 diopters for farsightedness, up to 6 diopters of astigmatism (cylinder), and up to -12 diopters of nearsightedness)
  • Good ocular health and good overall health
  • Eye maturity – a stable vision prescription

What’s the recovery from LASIK?

Although laser eye surgery is done pretty quickly – taking about 30 minutes start-to-finish, the recovery is a bit longer than that. You may need to take painkillers immediately after the procedure to reduce discomfort. Many people also experience itching, burning, or the sensation that something is stuck in the eye.

Your eye clinic may provide you with a prescription for eye drops to moisturize your eyes and prevent infection. In addition, you may be given eye shields to wear while your eyes heal – like Taylor Swift was sporting in post-LASIK videos that her mom shared with the world! Eye shields will help you from accidentally rubbing your eyes before the cornea has a chance to heal. In fact, FDA guidelines recommend wearing an eye shield at night until about a month after LASIK.

Other recommendations for recovery include:

  • Don’t partake in any non-contact sports for the first few days after laser eye surgery
  • Wait about 2 weeks before applying lotion (including sunscreen) or make-up on or around your eyes
  • Sit on the sidelines instead of joining any contact sports games, which put you at risk of getting poked in the eye
  • Don’t swim or sit in a hot tub for 1-2 months after LASIK

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Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a Comprehensive eye exam, Pediatric eye exam and Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Is LASIK eye and vision surgery an option for you ? Our Duvall eye doctor is always ready to answer your questions about eye disease and Contact lenses.

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Are there side effects from LASIK?

Some people will experience dry eyes or double vision, or they’ll see halos and starbursts around lights for a long time after the surgery. Also, you may have fluctuating or blurry vision and increased light sensitivity. But these symptoms are generally short-lived.

Is LASIK for you?

That’s a question to be answered after consultation and eye exam at an eye clinic near you. Book an appointment with our eye doctor to discuss your candidacy for laser eye surgery

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Important Notice

At Duvall Advanced Family Eyecare, the health and safety of our patients and employees is our top concern. Based on the recommendations from the CDC to postpone routine eye and dental care, as of 4PM on March 17th, 2020 we will be officially closed to regular office hours.

Dr Low will be checking office voicemail at 425-788-2990 and email correspondence to duvallstaff@duvalleye.com once per day for non emergent issues over the next few days or weeks and return calls as she can. We do not want our patients to neglect their eye care needs so please let us know if you need a medication refill or are running low on your contact lens supply and Dr Low will attempt to make arrangements.

Dr Low is highly trained to diagnose and treat urgent eye conditions. If you are having any of the following symptoms, please call our office to leave a message on the general mailbox for a call back within 24 hours or utilize the emergency line prompts for a call back more quickly.

· Loss of Vision
· Flashes of light in your vision
· Increase or change in floaters
· Burning or Stinging
· Discharge or redness
· Eye pain, especially when moving eye
· Unequal Pupil Size
· Double Vision
· Lesions or Sores on the Eyelid or around the Eye
· Increased Light Sensitivity
· Foreign Body Sensation
· Injury or Trauma to the Eye
· Scratch to the Eye
· New or Severe Headaches

Dr Low is available to help you avoid exposure to infected and ill patients in a medical clinic, urgent care, or ER so please let us do what we do best to manage your eye specific needs in our office. Dr Low will continue to provide this service as long as she is healthy and able to do so.

At this time we have no specific date to reopen and we will update our website (https://www.duvalleye.com/ ), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DuvallEye/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/duvalleye/) once a date is determined.

Please stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you once things return to normal.

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Due to CDC recommendations to cease all routine eye care and in accordance to the WA State “stay at home” order our office will be closed indefinitely. If you are having an eye emergency please follow the prompts on our voicemail to leave a message for Dr. Low to call you back.

We will be available for curbside pickups:

Thursday April 2nd 10-11AM

Saturday April 4th 10-11 AM

Monday April 6th 10-11 AM

Wednesday April 8th 10-11 AM

Friday April 10th 10-11 AM