• Post LASIK Eye Surgery

Brief Overview of Post-LASIK Expectations

One of the top­ics that you should bring up with your eye sur­geon when dis­cussing LASIK surgery is what to expect in terms of recov­ery. Some­times patients under­go LASIK but did not have a clear under­stand­ing of the typ­i­cal LASIK recov­ery process and end up unsat­is­fied or cre­at­ing prob­lems by not fol­low­ing the surgeon’s instruc­tions. Know­ing exact­ly what to expect after a suc­cess­ful LASIK pro­ce­dure can elim­i­nate any poten­tial sur­pris­es or unsat­is­fac­to­ry feel­ings. Here is a basic overview of what to expect for recov­ery and post-LASIK care fol­low­ing your pro­ce­dure, how­ev­er, this is not intend­ed to replace the con­ver­sa­tion that you should have with your doc­tor about your spe­cif­ic vision recov­ery and expec­ta­tions.

The first 24 hours after surgery you can expect some mild dis­com­fort and blurred/foggy vision that will grad­u­al­ly dis­si­pate. Once the top­i­cal anes­the­sia wears off, patients will gen­er­al­ly expe­ri­ence slight itch­ing or burn­ing sen­sa­tions, which can be relieved with a gen­er­al pain reliev­er.

  • It will be sug­gest­ed that you rest your eye for 2–4 hours when you return home. Giv­ing your eyes a chance to recov­er imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing surgery can be extreme­ly ben­e­fi­cial.
  • You will be able to return to your nor­mal rou­tine the day after surgery.
  • Pro­tect­ing your eyes from the sun and while you sleep will be very impor­tant. Sleep­ing espe­cial­ly because patients may unknow­ing­ly rub or scratch their eyes in their sleep, which can dis­lodge the cornea flap.
  • Typ­i­cal­ly, your vision will be foggy/blurry imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing the surgery but will clear up quick­ly.
  • You may expe­ri­ence com­mon side effects relat­ed to the heal­ing process like dry eyes, halo glares around lights at night, tear­ing eyes, puffy eye­lids, and sen­si­tiv­i­ty to light.

Your sur­geon will want to see you a day or two after surgery to test your vision and make sure that the heal­ing process is on track and that no seri­ous com­pli­ca­tions have come up. Dur­ing the first week, your sur­geon will pre­scribe to you a vari­ety of LASIK eye drops that will help the heal­ing process, keep your eyes free from infec­tion and lubri­cat­ed. The drops that you will receive are:

Adher­ing to the prop­er med­ica­tion sched­ule is cru­cial to keep your heal­ing process on track and to reduce the risk of any com­pli­ca­tions that may hap­pen. Dur­ing the first week after surgery, you should not rub or scratch your eyes and make sure that you do not get any creams, lotions or make­up in your eyes. Avoid­ing con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed water, like hot tubs, lakes, and pools, is also a very impor­tant thing to pre­vent infec­tions. Also, avoid play­ing con­tact sports for a min­i­mum of a week and wear sports gog­gles for up to a month.

While your vision may improve dra­mat­i­cal­ly with­in the first few days after surgery, your eyes will con­tin­ue to heal and adjust over the fol­low­ing three to six months. If you have severe myopia (near­sight­ed­ness), your eyes may take longer to heal. Keep­ing in close con­tact with your sur­geon through­out the recov­ery process is essen­tial to catch­ing any poten­tial prob­lems that arise ear­ly and to make sure that you are doing every­thing right.

Dia­mond Vision is the best there is when it comes to excep­tion­al results for vision cor­rec­tion surgery such as LASIK. An award-win­ning staff that has per­formed thou­sands of suc­cess­ful pro­ce­dures and the lat­est vision cor­rec­tion pro­ce­dures and tech­nol­o­gy can all be found at one of Dia­mond Vision’s nine clin­ic loca­tions. To learn more about LASIK and the oth­er pro­ce­dures that Dia­mond Vision per­forms, vis­it https://diamondvision.com/lasik-eye-surgery/.

February 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Brief Overview of Post-LASIK Expectations

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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