How to Heal After Lasik Surgery

Recovering from Lasik is quick, easy and painless. Instantaneous results do not happen overnight and it is important to stick with the procedure follow-up routine.

Depending on the type of procedure and state of eyes before surgery, recovery spans as few as five days to a few weeks. Patients are generally free to go about their general routines within a few days of the procedure. Some patients are able to return to work that day!

When your eyes are recovering from Lasik, the shape of the cornea is stabilizing. For those with severe myopia, the stabilization can take longer. Sometimes, it is recommended that a patient wear glasses or contacts during this time to avoid straining the eyes.  

After the procedure, eyes can be prone to dryness, so some preventative measures are encouraged.

Here is what to avoid during Lasik Recovery:

  • Dust
  • Smoke
  • Yard/garden work
  • Eye-makeup
  • Soap and water (near the eyes)
  • Swimming pools and hot tubs
  • Submerging head in water
  • Computer/screen time
  • Contact sports

During recovery, it is common to experience vision fluctuations. Don’t mind these! It’s totally normal and not cause for alarm. As your corneas stabilize in their new shape, your vision will experience the stabilization accordingly. Your vision fluctuation might be any of the following:

  • Glare
  • Haloes
  • Difficult driving at night

These symptoms can last for only a few days or up to a few months after surgery. Although they are not worrisome, it’s important to communicate with your doctor about your vision fluctuations so you can be better monitored and advised throughout post-op care.

It is important to follow your doctor’s post-op care and recommended post-op visit. Be sure to schedule your follow-up appointment for a time that fits your schedule and when you know you won’t miss! The surgeon will observe your cornea’s healing process and make sure that recovery is going smoothly.  Post-op visits will often be scheduled for one month post surgery, three months post surgery and six months post surgery. We can never be too careful with our most valuable sense!

For such a favorable outcome, Lasik eye surgery recovery is one of the smoothest surgery recoveries.  If this recovery timeline suits your schedule and you’re looking for your best vision yet, get in touch with Diamond Vision and schedule your free consultation.