Lasik & Eyes Optical Questions and Answers

What to expect while getting Lasik Surgery?

I am getting Lasik surgery on Thursday and was wondering if anyone could tell me what to expect the day of surgery? I'm not worried about the results, just want to know what will happen and what I should expect to experience? Thank you!

Answers: They will give you a pill to make you calm, a mild sedative. They don't want you twitching in the chair during the surgery.

Once you are calm the will probably put some drops in your eyes. Then they bring in "the Machine" once the machine is in place they will bring it in contact with your eye and you won't be able to see anything. That was the most unnerving part for me, once I had made up my mind to get the surgery.

Mine was a while ago but it took about 5 minutes to do the first eye and another 10 minutes or so to get the machine lined up on the second eye. Another 5 minutes for the second eye and it was over.

Then they will put in some more eye drops, antibiotic drops to prevent infection. They may or may not give you a vision test at this time.

They will probably have you come back the following morning to see how things are going. You will probably be very light sensitive due to minor eye irritation. I was unable to open my eyes even with dark gl;asses while outside the day after the surgery. Which wasn't good for me as I am very susceptible to motion sickness. I had to have my wife stop the car for 10 minutes just a 1/4 mile from the parking lot so I wouldn't get sick. Light sensitivity went away within 3 days and vision kept improving slowly over the next 3 weeks (although it was very good even 2 days after surgery.

My only side effect is that my vision shows small secondary images when my pupil is fully open (dim light or at night) makes it hard to read street signs at night or stargaze. Other than that it is wonderful.

Contact lenses.My parents r gettin me prescription glasses soon, but it's probably going to cost $300.?

b/c thats how much my glasses were b4.So i have to wait until i get the money. my glasses broke in October & my vision is getting blurrier by the minute. Even my math teacher said I gotta get my glasses soon b/c i can't see the board at times.Um how much do contact lenses cost? Like if I called 1-8OO-contacts or looked up the right contacts for me,that i can get from a store, how much would they cost? It would be good to have them until I get my glasses..I just hope it doesn't cost a lot

Answers: If you can't afford contacts, don't get them. Get glasses instead. This is a no-brainer. People who need to pinch pennies are the ones who put themselves at risk for serious contact lens-related complications.
Don't recommend monovision for someone as young as you. That's a transition your brain generally makes as you get older.
But that's beside the point.

If you've never had a contact lens fitting from an optometrist or had one in the last 12 months, you won't be able to get contacts. 1-800 contacts has to verify a valid prescription from your optometrist to fill your order. If you have had a fitting in the last year, get a copy of your contact rx from your doc. Costco is the cheapest I've seen but 1-800 contacts is a good price too. A fitting is usually between $50-$150 depending on where you go and does not include the cost of purchasing a supply of lenses.
If you qualify based on family income, you might be able to get a voucher for an eye exam and glasses through a program called "sight for students" through VSP (vsp.com). Also, your family might be able to apply for a CitiHealth or similar credit card that offer various payment plans and are for use in doctors offices.
You can get glasses a lot cheaper than that if you go for the cheapest frames and basic lenses at Walmart Optical, for example. Or, have new lenses put into an old frame (you can sometimes find good used glasses at thrift stores very cheap.); that's a little cheaper.

I'm guessing contacts won't be much cheaper in the long run. You need to have a fitting, and then regularly buy more of the disposable contacts. And you should still have a pair of glasses to wear in case you get an eye infection or something that prevents you from wearing contacts for a while.

What's a good way to reduce strain on my eyes from looking at a computer monitor all day?

I have to work in front of a computer all day for work and my eyes feel very tired at the end of the day. Some details: I have a 19" LCD monitor and I also have astigmatism (a condition that makes my eyes difficult to focus).

Anybody have any tips to ease the strain on my eyes that comes from staring at the monitor?

Are there any products I can buy that help (such as glasses or maybe some filter I can put in front of the screen)?

Answers: Take about a couple minutes to focus on something far every hour that passes. Also usually computers and tv screens cause decreased blinking so try to remember to blink. There are glasses for computer use but you'd have to see an eye doctor about that
well, there are glare resistant glasses, they could help, but if you dont need to wear glasses, dont get them

other than that there should be a way to reduce the brightness (if that is what is bugging you), i think there is on every computer

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