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April 11, 2024

By: Jeffrey Martin, MD

LASIK Follow-Up Care

Understanding LASIK Follow-Up Care

LASIK eye surgery is a life-changing procedure that can dramatically improve your vision and liberate you from the hassles of glasses and contact lenses. However, achieving optimal results requires diligent post-operative care and regular follow-up appointments. At SightMD, we prioritize patient satisfaction and safety, which is why we’re here to guide you through how often you need to attend LASIK follow-up appointments and what post-operative care entails.

The Importance of LASIK Follow-Up Appointments

LASIK follow-up appointments are essential for monitoring your eye health, assessing visual acuity, and ensuring that you’re on track for a successful recovery. While the frequency of follow-up visits may vary depending on individual circumstances and surgeon preferences, most patients can expect to attend several appointments within the first few months after surgery. These appointments allow your surgeon to evaluate healing progress, address any concerns, and make adjustments as needed to optimize your vision outcomes.

Typical LASIK Post-Operative Care

During the initial days and weeks following LASIK surgery, it’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions diligently. Here’s what you can typically expect in terms of post-operative care:

  1. Rest and Recovery: Immediately after LASIK surgery, it’s important to give your eyes time to rest and heal. Your surgeon may recommend taking a day or two off from work and avoiding strenuous activities, swimming, and rubbing your eyes.
  2. Eye Drops: Your surgeon will prescribe medicated eye drops to help prevent infection, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. It’s essential to use these drops as directed and avoid skipping doses to ensure optimal recovery.
  3. Protective Eyewear: In the days following LASIK surgery, you may be advised to wear protective eyewear, such as sunglasses, to shield your eyes from bright light and dust particles. This helps prevent irritation and reduces the risk of complications.
  4. Avoiding Eye Strain: During the initial recovery period, it’s essential to avoid activities that may strain your eyes, such as reading or staring at screens for extended periods. Taking regular breaks and practicing good visual hygiene can help prevent discomfort and promote healing.
  5. Follow-Up Appointments: Be sure to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon. These visits allow your surgeon to monitor your progress, assess visual acuity, and address any concerns or questions you may have.

Long-Term Care after LASIK Eye Surgery

While most patients experience significant improvement in vision shortly after LASIK surgery, it’s essential to prioritize long-term eye health. This includes practicing good eye hygiene, wearing UV-protective sunglasses outdoors, and attending regular eye exams to monitor for any changes in vision or eye health.

LASIK Eye Surgery at SightMD

LASIK surgery offers the promise of clear vision and freedom from glasses and contact lenses. By following your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions and attending regular follow-up appointments, you can ensure a smooth and successful recovery. At SightMD, our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support throughout every step of your LASIK journey, so you can enjoy the benefits of clear vision with confidence. Contact us to setup your free LASIK Evaluation today!