What to Expect During Your LASIK Recovery

Woman with sunglasses on her head shielding eyes from sun Patients who undergo LASIK surgery typically enjoy immediate results. However, many notice fluctuations in their vision for the first several months as their eyes heal. Recovery is typically quick and simple, with little to no discomfort involved. Dr. Thomas Byrd can discuss the LASIK recovery process with patients in his Detroit, MI, office. To learn more about what you can expect after your LASIK procedure, contact us today and schedule an evaluation.

Recovery Timeline

Although results are immediate, patients should be informed and prepared for the recovery period. You will need to schedule periodic check-ups, typically at six weeks, three to four months, and then one year after your surgery. This will allow your doctor to ensure your eyesight is improving properly and address any side effects.

First 24 Hours

After LASIK surgery, Dr. Byrd will examine your eyes and do a preliminary check of your vision. Most patients are able to go home within ten to 15 minutes of surgery. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you since you will be groggy and may be experiencing blurry vision immediately after surgery.

Most patients are able to return to work and their normal daily routine the day after they undergo LASIK surgery.

Once you are home, it is recommended that you spend the remainder of the day resting. Many patients find it is helpful to take a nap since they may be sleepy from the medication. This rest period can also aid in the healing process. Common post-operative symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Red spots or bloodshot eyes
  • A burning sensation in your eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Glares or halos

Although most of these symptoms will fade within a few days, some, such as red spots or dry eyes, may persist for a few weeks. It is important that you do not touch or rub your eyes during this time, since this action could cause complications with the flap created during the procedure. Most patients are able to return to work and their normal daily routine the day after they undergo LASIK. You doctor will provide more detailed information about when you can resume normal activities.

Post-op Follow-up

You will need to schedule a post-operative evaluation with Dr. Byrd 24 to 48 hours after surgery. During this appointment, the surgeon will check your vision and examine your eyes to make sure they are healing properly. Medicated eyedrops may also be prescribed at this time to help prevent infection. Because dry eyes are a common symptom during the LASIK recovery process, Dr. Byrd will likely suggest over-the-counter moisturizing eye drops as well. It is recommended that you use the lubricating eye drops several times a day for the first few weeks, even if your eyes do not feel dry.

Next Several Months

Over the next several weeks you will need to refrain from using swimming pools, whirlpools, hot tubs, and saunas. Dr. Byrd may also recommend you refrain from wearing eye makeup for the next two to three weeks while your eyes heal. Contact sports and any activities that can potentially harm your eyes should also be avoided for the next several months.

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Most patients find that the benefits of LASIK far outweigh the minor, brief discomfort and inconvenience of the recovery period. The immediacy of the results and the ability to return to work the next day makes it a popular procedure among corrective lens wearers. To learn more about the LASIK procedure and recovery process, contact us and schedule a consultation. 

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