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.