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Laser vision correction: before and after


Laser correction is an effective method of vision correction that has remained popular for decades of successful use. Today’s ophthalmology offers many techniques of laser correction for a more personalized approach and maximum results in each individual case.

Vision of a person with myopia

Vision of a person with myopia

Vision is improved by reshaping the curvature of the cornea, one of the human natural eye lenses. The precision of the depth of impact is measured in micrometers to avoid damage to the internal structures of the eye.

Clinical data on the patients recovering after laser vision correction is extensive. Currently, ophthalmologists are of the opinion that in absence of contraindications and provided that you follow all recommendations after the intervention, you will be able to retain your good vision for many years to come!*

*Vision may deteriorate due to natural aging of the visual apparatus after 45-50 years, however, this does not depend on whether you had laser correction or not.

Before laser correction: preparation

If you decided to say farewell to glasses and contact lenses and regain good eyesight with the help of laser correction, you should do the following:

    • Make an appointment for vision diagnostics:
    • to get an overview of the current state of the visual apparatus and identify possible risks and contraindications to the procedure;
    • make an appointment for additional procedures aimed at tissue strengthening or progressive myopia assessment, if required;
    • predict the correction result.
  1. Make the following pre-surgery preparations – you can get all required tests at Excimer.
  2. If you wear soft contact lenses, stop using them before the diagnostics and at least a week before the procedure itself to obtain accurate diagnostic data and ensure maximum precision of laser correction.
  3. If you wear rigid contact lenses, stop using them at least one month before the procedure.
  4. Abstain from alcohol at least two days before the correction.

On the day of correction:

  • wear no makeup or perfume;
  • put on cotton clothes (a shirt or a blouse) with an open collar or a clasp on the front;
  • when inside the clinic, put on clean shoes;
  • bring sunglasses;
  • bring passport or another identity document.

After laser correction: conservation therapy

  • Laser correction is a one-day procedure that does not require hospitalization, so you will be ready to return home on the same day. However, after the procedure you will have to spend one or two hours in the clinic for a postoperative examination.


After the correction your eyes may become watery – never rub your eyes but use a clean handkerchief or a sterile paper towel to dry the cheek from tears. Avoid touching your eyes during the first 24 hours after correction.
  • Be sure to appear at regular vision checkups 1, 3, 7, 14, 30 and 90 days after the procedure (your attending physician will compile a suitable schedule). All postoperative checkups at Excimer eye clinic are free! If you are unable to come at a scheduled day, please notify the front desk beforehand.
  • If required, your doctor may prescribe eye drops or other medications to protect your eyes from infection. Please note that the use of eye drops, ointments, gels during the recovery period shall be authorized by the doctor at all times!
  • During the first hours after the procedure or within 24 hours after the procedure, you may take sedatives or painkillers (such as Analgin, Baralgin, Ketorol, etc).
  • During the first 24 hours after laser correction, please try getting to sleep lying on your back.
  • During 2 to 3 days after the procedure avoid getting soap or shampoo in the eyes.

  • Below is the list of things to AVOID during the recovery period (about a week or so): :
    • dirty water getting in the eyes, using swimming pools, steam baths, saunas, swimming in open water;
    • exercise with increased risk of injury or exercise involving weightlifting (e.g. dancing, contact and extreme sports, activities associated with injury);
    • makeup, hairspray, aerosols;
  • It is also not recommended to get in the sun during the recovery period. Please wear sunglasses, if it is sunny outside.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol during the recovery period.

Please follow all recommendations and prescriptions of your doctor so that you could enjoy excellent vision, the result of laser correction, for many years to come!

Frequently asked questions

I am expecting a baby and would like to know if there any restrictions for laser correction related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Problems with vision that may arise during unassisted delivery are largely due to the general condition of the retina in patients with medium to severe myopia, which means that stress related to labor may bring about retinal separation and loss of vision, as a result. To avoid this, it is recommended to strengthen your retina before delivery. Laser correction does not affect the choice of delivery and is not responsible for any vision reduction before or after childbirth. This procedure can also be performed on women who have never given birth without any restrictions.
The only restriction as to laser correction concerns pregnancy and lactaction, however, this restriction is not due to any potential threats to the mother or the baby, but it is related to the hormonal imbalance during this time that may interfere with getting sustainable results.
I am a weight lifter. Will I be able to continue training after laser correction?
It is certain that you should dial back on your training immediately after laser correction, however, it does not imply that you will have to limit exercise. Laser correction is a method of choice for those whose occupation is related to excess physical strain, such as test pilots, mountaineers, stuntspeople, professional wrestlers, military personnel. A known fact is that the US Congress voted to finance a laser vision correction plan for US Army personnel. The justification of the Congress was that glasses are not only an aesthetic concern, but can become an obstacle in action, as they might break at the most inappropriate time or interfere with proper wearing of a gas mask. Contact lenses were recognized as a poor option, while laser correction was deemed the best solution available.
The duration of the recovery period depends on the patient. Generally, the restriction period for exercise associated with the risk of injury and weightlifting is about a month.
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