Pre- and Post-Procedure Instructions
Below are pre- and post-procedure instructions to help guide you and make the process as easy as possible. Having a better understanding of what is involved will help manage your expectations to feel more comfortable.
Discontinue wearing contact lenses 1-3 weeks prior to your procedure date. The doctor will advise you based on your lens type.
Plan on having a driver to take you home from the procedure.
DAY OF PROCEDURE
Your procedure is usually scheduled on a Friday at Monticello Community Surgery Center. UVA LASIK will notify you of your arrival date and time. Please arrive on time.
Bring all of the medications prescribed by Dr. Odrich with you on the day of your procedure.
Prior to the procedure, the doctor will place local anesthetic (numbing) drops in your eye(s).
The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes per eye. Plan on being at the center for about an hour.
You'll most likely notice clearer vision immediately.
You will need someone to drive you home.
You will be instructed to go home and keep your eyes closed for the duration of the day.
You will visit with Dr. Odrich and the UVA LASIK team the following morning for a quick visit.
Most of our patients report no more than mild discomfort for a day or so after LASIK. There is more discomfort associated with PRK, usually lasting a few days. PRK also takes longer before achieving optimal vision. Typically, the vision is functional after a week for PRK. Pain medication may be prescribed for PRK, if necessary.
Your vision will continue to improve within days for LASIK and months for PRK. Data shows a patient satisfaction rate of up to 98%, with more than 90% of patients achieving 20/20 vision or better.
Most LASIK patients are able to drive after seeing Dr. Odrich at their 1-day post-op appointment. PRK patients are usually able to drive in about a week after the procedure.
Most people who have LASIK return to work on Monday after a Friday procedure. With PRK, we recommend two or three days of rest prior to returning to work.
Do not rub your eyes after either PRK or LASIK.
Please use your eye drops as instructed.
No make-up is allowed for one week.
Avoid contaminated water, such as pools and hot tubs, for one week. After that, goggles should be worn for 8 weeks. For ocean sports, goggles should be worn for 6 months after the procedure.
No sports for one week. Wear protective goggles for 6 months when participating in all contact sports.