Lasik Recovery 101: What to Expect After Your Surgery
Written by Logan Ramirez on 02/20/20
Have you recently done Lasik surgery? If your answer is yes, then there must be several questions that are running through your mind.
Lasik surgery is a very safe procedure that gives you the ability to see clearly without the use of contact lenses or glasses. Thankfully, recovery is expected almost instantly for most persons who have done the procedure.
You can expect to see improvements in the quality of their life. However, you should keep in mind that the healing period lasts three to six months.
During this time, your vision will steadily get better. In the months leading up to full recovery having an idea of what to expect will prevent you from becoming frustrated.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect when recovering from Lasik surgery.
The First Stage Of Lasik Recovery
The experience for each individual patient may vary. However, side effects within the first four hours include mild sensitivity to light, tearing, itching, puffy eyelids, and burning.
Some patients experience mild side effects while others experience severe ones. There is no need to panic no matter how your side effects appear.
They are normal and there is no need to worry. Your doctor will give you instructions on the required pain reliever and how much to take throughout the day.
After you arrive home from surgery, it is best that you rest your eyes for approximately four hours. Avoid exhausting activities that could create further discomfort. You should arrange for someone to take you home after the surgery as you will not be allowed to drive.
If you are outside during the day, it is advised that you wear a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from direct sunlight. When you go to bed, wear eye shields as well.
During your Lasik recovery, you will sometimes feel like there is something in your eyes. However, this is another side effect so avoid rubbing your eyes as much as possible.
Protecting Your Eyes
You are advised to protect your eyes after Lasik surgery. There are specific safety measures that you need to take to keep your vision safe.
Your eye shield should be worn at least five nights after your surgery or anytime throughout your recovery.
If you engage in activities such as participating in sports or working with power equipment, it is advised that you wear safety goggles to protect your eyes.
Avoid These Things At All Costs
As anxious as you may be to resume your daily activities, it is important to remember that your eyes are still healing and great care needs to be taken within the first hour of your Lasik surgery.
Here is what you should avoid:
- Being in a smoky and dusty environment
- The use of eye makeup
- Application of lotions or cream
- Going for a swim or hot tubbing
- Applying soap on your face
- Long periods of time in front of the computer screen.
The Use Of Prescribed Eye Drops
Before and after your Lasik surgery, your doctor will give you instructions on the prescribed eye drops that you should use. This should be taken for several days to avoid any infection and irritation.
In addition to antibiotic drops to prevent infection, you will also be given lubrication drops. The use of lubricating drops helps to prevent temporary ocular dryness and helps the cornea to heal properly.
Eye drops can be applied to the eyes using the following method. Sit in a comfortable position and tilt your head towards the ceiling. Hold the dropper over your eye but be careful to not let the dropper touch your fingers.
Lightly pull down on your lower eyelid with your finger, squeeze the dropper carefully to release a drop or two if that is the recommended amount. Let go of your eyelid and gently close your eyes for at least thirty seconds.
Expect Blurry Vision And Visual Instabilities
Although clear vision is promised after the surgery, it is highly likely and normal that your vision will be a little blurry for at least a week. The extent of the surgery is what decides how long it will take for your vision to become clearer. If your vision fluctuates after the surgery, do not be worried as this is an expected side effect.
Blurry vision often disappears within the first few days after surgery. However, it can take up to four months before an extremely clear vision is experienced. Your vision will gradually improve so don’t be alarmed when you experience blurry vision.
Schedule A Follow-Up Appointment
The following day after your surgery should be reserved for your first Lasik post-op appointment. This will allow your doctor to check on your vision and confirm that your corneas are healing. Be sure to mention to your doctor, any post-ops symptoms that you are experiencing.
You should schedule appointments throughout your Lasik recovery. This should be done for at least a year, so your doctor can check on your progress and have your corneas examined to tell if any problems exist. Regular checkups will also give your peace of mind, which will help your recovery.
A Final Look At Lasik Recovery
Lasik surgery can change your life. It can remove your dependence on contacts and eyeglasses and this means an enhanced quality of life.
No more will you have to worry about whether or not you have your glasses and contacts with you. This means that you will experience freedom on another level which means you can explore many new things.
However, there is a recovery time that you must factor in before you can even think about fully reaping the benefits of your surgery. Pay careful attention to the tips given here about protecting your vision.
In order to reap all the benefits of surgery, you must pay careful attention to what you should and should not do. If you would like more tips for taking care of your eyes, please contact us, we would be happy to help you.