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What to Expect After LASIK?

What to expect after LASIK?

Will my eyes hurt after LASIK? Can I wear makeup the next day?  When can I work out or play sports? These are some of the more frequent questions patients ask about LASIK recovery.

As with any surgery, in LASIK there is a recovery phase and healing phase after your procedure. For most people, LASIK recovery is very fast and patients resume most normal activities within a day or two. The healing period takes a little while longer, typically lasting 3-6 months during which time you should expect your vision to gradually improve. Knowing what to expect after your procedure can be helpful, so here are a few guidelines about what you might experience expect in the days, weeks and months after your surgery.

Following your LASIK procedure, our surgeons will perform a quick post-LASIK check.  Our nurses will provide you with protective LASIK glasses to wear.  We recommend that you keep them on until you are seen the following day (even while sleeping) except when administering your eye drops.

Since a mild sedative was given to you prior to LASIK it recommended that you not drive home.  Rather have a loved one drop you off and pick you up.  Most patients tend to take it easy the day of the procedure.  We recommend taking a nap when you get home.  Relax and avoid straining your eyes too much. 

You will notice your eyes are red and a little irritated.  Be sure not to rub, poke or touch your eyes. If the eyes are irritated, use the artificial tears provided by our doctors. Make sure you follow our instructions on using your steroid and antibiotic eye drops.

Mild burning, tearing, and/or light sensitivity after the surgery is normal. These effects last around 2-4 hours after the surgery. Take over-the-counter pain relievers for discomfort. You vision may be hazy right after surgery, not to worry, getting some rest and using the recommended eye drops will clear things up in a shortly (within a couple of hours to a couple days).

When you awake the following day, your vision is generally improved. You can resume most normal activities including: reading, computer/TV usage and returning to work. You can also shower but make sure to keep water, soap and shampoo out of the eyes

Things to avoid include:

  • Exercising
  • Heavy lifting
  • Gardening or yard work
  • Swimming/whirlpools/hot tubs
  • Dusty environment
  • Rubbing/touching your eyes
  • Wearing makeup

A quick follow-up appointment is scheduled to assure that your eyes are healing nicely and to assure that you are happy and comfortable.   Your vision should be good enough to drive to and from our clinics.  Continue following our doctor’s recommendations regarding antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, and preservative-free lubricating eye drops frequency.  

By this point you are slowly returning to normal activities and you are realizing how incredible your vision is.  Make sure you wear the LASIK goggles we gave to you for at least the first 4 days.  We recommend sleeping with them on to avoid inadvertently rubbing or touching your eyes while sleeping. 

You can restart exercising 4 to 5 days after your surgery, ie jogging, light weights.  No contact sports or lifting.  By week 2 you can return to normal sport activities.  Occasionally, the white part of your eyes may still have some red spots similar to bruising.  Rest assured these spots will fade shortly.  Swimming or hot tub activities may resume after two weeks. 

A quick follow-up appointment is scheduled to assure that you are comfortable, the vision is excellent and the eyes are being lubricated adequately.

By this point your vision should be excellent and you are without restrictions.  Nonetheless use extreme caution during contact sports, carrying small children, handling pets and doing yard work.  From this moment on you never want anything to compromise your corneal flap. 

Use lubricating drops for at least the first month after surgery.  Since at this point you are not using lubricating eye drops in same high rate as you did immediately after surgery, non-preservative free eye drops maybe utilized including Systane, Refresh, Optive, GenTeal or TheraTears lubricating eye drops. 

A quick follow-up appointment is scheduled at a month out to assure that we have met and exceeded your expectations.

Following your LASIK procedure, our surgeons will perform a quick post-LASIK check.  Our nurses will provide you with protective LASIK glasses to wear.  We recommend that you keep them on until you are seen the following day (even while sleeping) except when administering your eye drops.

Since a mild sedative was given to you prior to LASIK it recommended that you not drive home.  Rather have a loved one drop you off and pick you up.  Most patients tend to take it easy the day of the procedure.  We recommend taking a nap when you get home.  Relax and avoid straining your eyes too much. 

You will notice your eyes are red and a little irritated.  Be sure not to rub, poke or touch your eyes. If the eyes are irritated, use the artificial tears provided by our doctors. Make sure you follow our instructions on using your steroid and antibiotic eye drops.

Mild burning, tearing, and/or light sensitivity after the surgery is normal. These effects last around 2-4 hours after the surgery. Take over-the-counter pain relievers for discomfort. You vision may be hazy right after surgery, not to worry, getting some rest and using the recommended eye drops will clear things up in a shortly (within a couple of hours to a couple days).

When you awake the following day, your vision is generally improved. You can resume most normal activities including: reading, computer/TV usage and returning to work. You can also shower but make sure to keep water, soap and shampoo out of the eyes

Things to avoid include:

  • Exercising,
  • Heavy lifting
  • Gardening or yard work,
  • Swimming/whirlpools/hot tubs,
  • Dusty environment
  • Rubbing/touching your eyes
  • Wearing makeup

A quick follow-up appointment is scheduled to assure that your eyes are healing nicely and to assure that you are happy and comfortable.   Your vision should be good enough to drive to and from our clinics.  Continue following our doctor’s recommendations regarding antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, and preservative-free lubricating eye drops frequency.  

By this point you are slowly returning to normal activities and you are realizing how incredible your vision is.  Make sure you wear the LASIK goggles we gave to you for at least the first 4 days.  We recommend sleeping with them on to avoid inadvertently rubbing or touching your eyes while sleeping. 

You can restart exercising 4 to 5 days after your surgery, ie jogging, light weights.  No contact sports or lifting.  By week 2 you can return to normal sport activities.  Occasionally, the white part of your eyes may still have some red spots similar to bruising.  Rest assured these spots will fade shortly.  Swimming or hot tub activities may resume after two weeks. 

A quick follow-up appointment is scheduled to assure that you are comfortable, the vision is excellent and the eyes are being lubricated adequately.

By this point your vision should be excellent and you are without restrictions.  Nonetheless use extreme caution during contact sports, carrying small children, handling pets and doing yard work.  From this moment on you never want anything to compromise your corneal flap. 

Use lubricating drops for at least the first month after surgery.  Since at this point you are not using lubricating eye drops in same high rate as you did immediately after surgery, non-preservative free eye drops maybe utilized including Systane, Refresh, Optive, GenTeal or TheraTears lubricating eye drops. 

A quick follow-up appointment is scheduled at a month out to assure that we have met and exceeded your expectations.

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