The Timing of LASIK

They say there is never a perfect time for anything, so don’t wait to do the things to want or need to do. Handling the vision problems that are keeping you from the active life you want is one of those things that falls into both the “need to” and “want to” categories. You need to see well, and you want to give up those glasses or contact lenses that require so much upkeep. With LASIK, you can improve your vision and enjoy that vision for years. It seems like an easy call.

What to know about LASIK

LASIK is a corrective procedure that has been performed around the world for several years now. Over time, the technique and technology have improved, which has meant greater accuracy and shorter recovery. The procedure itself takes less than 15 minutes, and most patients are back to their normal routine within a day or two. With all that, you might think that there is very little to think about when planning your treatment. But let’s slow down. Here’s what you need to know.

As if the residents of Hawaii want to go anywhere else on vacation, there are planning strategies that you may need to employ as you schedule this brief eye surgery at Aloha Eye Clinic.  First, know that there are three important follow-up visits that need to take place, and they are all within the first month after the LASIK procedure. This means you do not want to schedule the treatment at a time you’d like to travel. Then, there is the matter of outdoor activities.

The eyes need to be protected from any irritants after laser surgery. This means no time in the ocean, nor in any lake, stream, pool or hot tub. The debris or chemicals in any of these water-holes could inhibit healing. Also, wind, dirt, dust and smoke can create unpleasant irritation; so, no bonfires, no smoking, no hiking on windy days.

We enjoy helping our patients make the most of their vision with comprehensive eye care, including LASIK, PRK, and other corrective treatments. To schedule your visit with us, call our office in Kihei or Wailuku today.



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