Dr. Weinstock is a board-certified ophthalmologist. He practices general ophthalmology in Canton, Ohio, with a special interest in contact lenses. He holds faculty positions of Professor of Ophthalmology at the Northeastern Ohio Colleges of Medicine and Affiliate Clinical Professor in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science at Florida Atlantic University.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
As with any surgery, expect some discomfort following laser refractive surgery.
Immediately following the procedure, antibiotic drops and steroid drops will be placed into your eyes. The flap will be checked under magnification in the office to be sure it is smooth and wrinkle-free with no debris under it. Finally, protective eyewear, such as goggles or shields, will be placed on your eyes to protect them. With the goggles in place, you will be less likely to rub your eyes, which may cause dislocation of the flap.
The hours following the procedure can be more uncomfortable than the procedure itself.
Immediately after surgery, you may experience just a small amount of scratchiness of your eyes or you may be very uncomfortable due to tearing and burning. In general, your eyes will be scratchy and light sensitive to varying degrees. They may be teary, have a burning sensation, and feel extremely irritated. These symptoms usually go away in about
six hours. In some instances, a corneal abrasion may occur when the flap is created. A corneal abrasion will make your eye very uncomfortable, to the point that it may be difficult to open your eye.
Your surgeon may encourage you to take a nap after the procedure. Taking a nap will help you through the most uncomfortable part of the healing with minimal discomfort.
Immediately after the surgery, most people will notice an improvement in their uncorrected visual acuity. The vision may appear rather smoky, as if you are looking through a smoke-filled room. The vision will stabilize in about
one week or up to three months following surgery.