LASIK eye surgery can give you the freedom to enjoy clear vision without wearing glasses or contact lenses. This is a life-changing, permanent procedure, so you may be concerned about what it involves. To make sure you’re completely at ease with your LASIK treatment, it’s important to know what to expect with LASIK after your procedure. Firstly, we’ll look at what you need to know when it comes to your LASIK aftercare.
Immediately after surgery
After your surgery, a clear eye shield will be placed over your eye. Your TLC Eye Doctor will talk through your recovery to make sure you know what to expect after LASIK.
You will need a driver after your surgery. Once you’re home and recovering, make sure you rest for the first 24 hours. It’s important that you either lie down and close both of your eyes for the first 4 hours. After this, you can remove the eye shield until you go to bed. You will wear the eye shield while sleeping for the first one week following your surgery.
Your vision may be blurry at first, but this will improve in the first few days after your surgery.
Medications to take
Your eye doctor at TLC San Antonio will advise you which antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops you need to use, and how often. This will reduce your risk of infection and reduce any discomfort caused by inflammation.
Your follow-up appointment
We will see you the morning after your surgery for a follow-up appointment. Your eye doctor will check your vision and closely examine your eye to make sure it is healing well. This also gives you a chance to ask any further questions you may have about what to expect after LASIK treatment.
Activities to avoid after LASIK
It will take time for your cornea to heal. To give it the rest it needs, especially in the first week after your surgery, make sure you avoid:
Extended time spent using a digital screen, which can dry out your eyes
Swimming and hot tubs
Strenuous activities, such as low and high-impact sports
Wearing eye make-up
Rubbing your eyes
You will also need to be careful when taking a shower or bath, to prevent getting water in your eyes. Your TLC eye doctor can give you more advice on when you can restart certain activities.
Symptoms during recovery
Blurry vision is common in the first few days after having LASIK surgery, but this will improve as your cornea heals. You will not experience clear vision immediately but will see significant improvements in your vision over the next 3 months. During this time, you may experience other symptoms, including:
Dry eyes for 4–6 weeks after surgery
Halos or glare for 2–4 weeks after surgery
If you have LASIK surgery in both of your eyes, you may also find that your eyes heal at different rates.
If you experience any pain, flashes of light, increased redness, or dramatically decreased vision, please get in touch with your eye doctor at TLC San Antonio immediately.