Patients who undergo laser vision correction at SightMD often experience improvement in their vision within 24 hours of the procedure. It is important to note, however, that changes to the eye will occur subtly during the months after LASIK surgery, and patients should expect their vision to stabilize in about one to three months.
While some may prefer to wear glasses while performing certain tasks such as reading or driving, many are able to eliminate dependence on corrective eyewear. In fact, over 99 percent of LASIK surgery patients achieve 20/40 vision or better after surgery. If you have a LASIK consultation and find out that you’re a good candidate for the procedure, LASIK can be a life-changing event!
Recovering after LASIK Surgery
Although LASIK surgery generally produces dramatic results, recovery typically takes only 24 to 48 hours. Patients who undergo the procedure at our LASIK Center can spend their initial recovery time in our luxury LASIK suite, which is designed to promote patient comfort throughout all stages of the procedure.
Mild discomfort may occur immediately following the procedure, and patients are encouraged to keep their eyes closed as much as possible in the hours after surgery to reduce the risk of irritation. After having LASIK, the best thing you can do is go home and rest. Having any kind of surgical procedure, LASIK included, can be very tiring. Resting after LASIK is the best way to start your recovery process off on the right foot.
Side effects that may occur immediately after LASIK surgery may include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Itching or burning of the eyes
- Hazy or blurry vision
- Bloodshot eyes
- Dry eyes
While these symptoms are not uncommon after LASIK surgery, they are generally mild and usually subside within a few days. Our physicians may provide patients with protective eyewear to prevent foreign matter from getting in the eyes and discourage patients from rubbing their eyes.
It is important to wear any protective eyewear given to you by your physician, especially while sleeping or napping. After LASIK, your eyes will be more sensitive, and need extra protection.
In any case, you should never rub your eyes, but after LASIK, this is especially true. Rubbing your eyes after LASIK can cause serious damage to the flap created during the procedure. If your eyes are itchy, use this as an opportunity to use your eye drops.
Although blurry vision often subsides within 24 hours of the procedure, this time frame varies from patient to patient, and patients are advised not to return to work for at least two days after the procedure.
Vision after LASIK may take a few days before it seems improved. Some patients will experience a dramatic change, but others may have it take a little longer. Both of these experiences are completely normal!
It’s also normal if your vision seems foggy, blurry, or smoky in the days after LASIK. This is often just a sign that your vision is starting to stabilize after having LASIK. You’ll notice that your vision will only continue to improve after LASIK and become clearer as you recover.
The Follow-up Appointment
Patients who undergo LASIK surgery should return to SightMD within 48 hours of the procedure so that our doctors can monitor the healing process. During this appointment, our surgeons will perform a thorough eye examination, test the patient’s vision, and, if necessary, prescribe antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection in the eye. They will also address any patient concerns and provide further instructions for caring for the eyes during the recovery period. Patients should expect to undergo regular eye exams in the first few months after LASIK surgery to ensure that their vision is improving according to plan.
Even though your vision has improved, getting LASIK does not mean that you will stop seeing your eye doctor. It can take several months before your eyes have completely recovered after undergoing LASIK.
It’s important to attend all follow-up appointments, even if your vision has already started improving after LASIK eye surgery. These appointments are a crucial part of the recovery process.
To promote a speedy recovery, there are several activities and habits that our surgeons recommend avoiding in the days and weeks following the procedure. These include:
- Wearing eye makeup or lotions
- Participating in contact sports
- Rubbing the eyes
- Swimming or using a hot tub
- Excessive television or computer use
If you are uncertain about when you can return to a specific activity, the doctors and staff at SightMD are always available to answer your questions and assist in your recovery.