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:
- Artificial Tears
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.
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