Patient FAQ's


Q: How long will I be at your office for my pre-op appointment?

A: You should plan to be at our office between 2-3 hours due to extensive testing, dilation and refraction. It is very important that we get perfect measurements for the laser.

Q: How long will I be at your office for my procedure?

A: You should plan to be at our office around 1 hour. You are in the laser room for less than 15 minutes, but for preparation and examination afterwards it usually lasts about 1 hour.

Q: Artificial Tears: Does Equate or any brand of Artificial Tears work?

A: As long as they are preservative free artificial tears in vials, NOT eye drop bottles, it does not matter what brand.

Q: Vitamin C: Can I take 1,000mg of Vitamin C once per day or Emergen-C?

A: No. You must take 500mg of Vitamin C twice per day.

Q: Omega-3s: Can I take Fish Oil or another type of Oil or supplement with Omega-3s in it?

A: Yes! As long as you read the contents and make sure you are getting 2,000mg of Omega 3s per day.

Q: Will I be able to drive myself to my one day post-op appointment?

LASEK A: We do not recommend you drive the first 4-5 days after your procedure. Patients are typically ok to drive after this. Please do not drive if you do not feel that it is safe. There are rare cases where some patients experience a delayed recovery and do not feel comfortable driving or working for a longer period of time (in extreme cases up to 2-3 weeks). Please be aware when planning your procedure.

LASIK A: They day after surgery, after you have seen the doctor, you may drive if you feel comfortable and safe with your vision.

Q: When can I work out again?

A: We typically recommend that you refrain from any strenuous activities for

LASEK: 3-4 days

LASIK: 1 Week

after your procedure. After that in most cases you can resume your normal workout routine. Swimming or contact sports such as basketball or racquetball should be delayed for two weeks.


If at any time you are worried about your vision or feel something is not normal, please contact us immediately and schedule a check-up! We want to see you as often as necessary to monitor any changes and make sure your recovery is on track. 


Q: One eye is doing well, but my other eye is blurry and less comfortable. Is this ok?

A: Yes! It is very normal for one eye to heal faster than the other. They will catch up to each other and even out.

Q: My eyes are very sensitive to light, gritty, scratchy and I feel a burning sensation. Is everything ok?

A: This is completely normal during recovery your first 3-4 days after the LASEK procedure, or your first 24 hours after LASIK. Be sure to use your artificial tears as often as you need them and keep them in the refrigerator for additional comfort. It is also soothing to wet a washcloth with cold water, wring it out completely and lay it over your eyes.

Q: Is it ok to use warm or cold compresses?

A: Of course! You can start your morning and you can end your day with a warm or cold compress. They’re so easy…just take a warm or cold washcloth, apply it to your eyes, kick back and relax.

Q: My eyes feel itchy, is it ok to rub them?

A: DO NOT TOUCH OR RUB YOUR EYES. You do not want to disturb the delicate epithelium during the recovery process.

Q: Night driving is difficult, is this normal?

A: Yes! Patients typically experience night driving difficulties for the first 4-6 weeks.

Q: My vision fluctuates and isn’t 20/20 yet. Is this normal?

LASEK A: Patients commonly hover between 20/30 and 20/40 the first month or more during recovery. Full visual results can continue up to 6 months after your procedure.

LASIK A: Patients vision may fluctuate the first 24-48 hours after the procedure with full visual results in 1 to 2 weeks.

Q: Can I indoor tan? 

A: You may tan the week of your procedure but we recommend that you wait two weeks after your procedure to resume tanning and always ALWAYS wear eye protection.

Q: What is my post-op check-up schedule?

A: Typically we will plan to see you for a post-op check-up the day after your procedure and the following Monday or Tuesday (to remove the bandage contact lenses for LASEK patients). If you are referred from your eye doctor and are seeing them for your post-op care, you will be coordinating the following appointments with them. After this we’ll plan to see you two weeks and a month after your procedure and will continue to see you throughout the year.

LASEK Q: I’m experiencing slight double-vision or a ‘shadow’ behind text. Is this normal?

LASEK A: Yes! This can be an annoying side effect during the first 4-6 weeks.

LASEK Q: I’m having trouble focusing and working on my computer screen and phone. What can I do?

LASEK A: This is very common typically just during the first week after your procedure. Increase your font size on your computer and phone and lower the brightness if you are sensitive to it. It is also OK to purchase an inexpensive pair of over the counter reading glasses to ease this transition – just hold something out at the distance you need to read and select the pair that gives you the most clarity.

LASEK Q: My bandage contact came out, can I replace it?

A: NO. Call the Doctor immediately. Someone will meet you at the clinic and replace it for you.

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