How Long Will LASIK Recovery Take?

October 13, 2016

One of the main concerns about any surgery is how long it will take to recover. With LASIK, the recovery is simple and relatively easy. We’ll walk you through the recovery process so you can see exactly what to expect after.

Immediately After Surgery

Following the surgery, your doctor will likely give you protective eye shields or sunglasses to wear to protect your eyes as they heal. You will be required to wear these to sleep for the first week following your surgery to keep your eyes as safe as possible. It is important to have a ride home available, as you will not be able to drive yourself.

Your eyes may feel some discomfort after the numbing drops wear off, but it is important not to rub them or touch them. The irritation and tearing improves within a few hours typically.  If severe discomfort occurs, contact your doctor for instructions.

The Day After Surgery

You will have a quick follow up the day after surgery to check on your progress and to review your medications and limitations.   At this point, most patients are cleared for driving without contacts or glasses. Patients can typically return to work and resume usual activities the next day.

First Week After Surgery

For the first week, your doctor may still have you wear your eye shield to sleep in. You will also be prescribed eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated, as well as some prescription drops and it is important to use them as they help to prevent infection and discomfort from inflammation.  

2-3 Months After Surgery

Your eyes will continue to heal for around 3 months. During this time, your vision may continue improving with less fluctuations noted.  Ocular dryness is a common side effect of LASIK, but can be easily managed with artificial tears and rarely prescription eye drops are needed. Patients often note improved quality in their vision over 3-6 months although many settle in earlier.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will I have to wait after surgery to wear makeup?

Please consult with your doctor about when you will be able to wear makeup post surgery. At Piedmont Eye Center, patients are advised not to wear eye make-up for three weeks after surgery.

How soon can I resume swimming?

Your doctor will consult on when you will be able to swim, but typically it is after 1 month.

How long will my corrected vision last?

Most patients enjoy their vision for many years to come. Although the treatment is permanent, some minor changes can occur with natural aging.  More significant changes are possible if conditions like cataracts or diabetes develop.

Do I still need routine eye exams after LASIK surgery?

Yes, you still need routine eye exams after surgery. Even though your vision may be stable, it is important to safeguard the overall health of your eyes.

LASIK surgery is an extremely effective procedure with very little recovery time. While there is no set time for how long it will take your vision to fully stabilize, results are seen almost immediately. If you are interested in LASIK surgery, contact your doctor to see if you are a candidate.

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    "I wish I would have done it many years ago now."
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    "They ensured that the entire process from preliminary appointments to follow up visits went seamlessly – the perfect team that gave me perfect vision."
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    "I feel almost like a new person It’s a wonderful feeling to wake up in the morning and be able to actually see across the room without fumbling for my glasses. "
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    "Dr. Ceballos has always been very positive, clarifying everything medically, never leaving me in doubt and has always made me feel special and important."
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    "The procedure was painless, and now I’m happy to say I only wear glasses to read. I have 20/20 vision in my left eye and 20/25 in my right. "
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    "Dr. Bowers and his staff treated me with the utmost in professional care, making sure I was comfortable throughout the entire process."
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    "The procedure was pain free and I am so pleased with the results. It was money well spent and it is unbelievable how clear and colorful everything is. I want to tell Dr. Bowers and his staff how grateful I am."
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    "Doctor Vogel has treated me professionally as has his staff. They have been caring and have answered my questions to my satisfaction."
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    "LASIK is not just a medical advancement to me; it’s a miracle"
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    "Because of Dr. Bowers and his team at Piedmont Eye Center, my everyday life is now a whole lot easier. "
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    "My experience of having Laser Vision Correction was fantastic. Dr. Bowers and all his staff are so knowledgeable and professional, yet very personal, warm, caring, and friendly."
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    "Dr. Bowers and his team were very comforting. The next morning, I opened my eyes and was able to see the alarm clock across the room, which I was never able to see before. It was a miracle!"
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    "It is a wonderful feeling to have no RX lenses. I want to thank Dr. Bowers and the Surgery Center for the freedom I feel.”
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    "Everyone told me what they were going to be doing to me and what to expect every step of the way. My experience with Piedmont Eye Center and Dr. Bowers and the whole LASIK team was awesome!"
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    "God led me to Dr. Vogel. He is absolutely the most wonderful doctor in the world. Not only is he a great doctor, he is a great ‘people person’. You always feel safe with him."
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    "From the great staff who helped me, to the simplicity of setting up my flexible spending account, to my complete satisfaction and enjoyment of having clear sight, this has been an easy process."
    "The staff at Piedmont eased my nerves and the procedure was swift and smooth."
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    "I have always seen the world through glasses or contacts, so the sharpness of vision I have now was never there before."
    “Dr. Bowers not only met my expectations, he surpassed them. I had no idea that vision like this was possible. I no longer struggle in the shadows of a course- everything is clearer.”
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