If you require vision correction, you can choose a permanent solution. Laser eye surgery is a convenient option that helps improve your vision without corrective lenses. When planning for LASIK, it is necessary to learn all you can about the procedure.
You can know what to expect during and after the surgery, including any complications and side effects. It is necessary to understand the recovery process after LASIK.
LASIK Recovery Time
Recovery from LASIK is quick, with most patients resuming their normal activities in a day or two. The vision may be slightly blurry soon after surgery, but most patients experience improved sight.
Complete healing takes longer, usually lasting three to six months, depending on the individual. As with all surgical procedures, there is a healing period after LASIK, and it is vital to know what to expect. During this period, the vision continues to improve gradually.
First 24 Hours After LASIK
The first 24 hours after the topical anesthesia has worn off can result in some discomfort. Most people experience itching or a burning sensation, usually relieved with pain medication. Your vision is likely to be foggy for several hours. Ensure you rest the eyes for two to four hours as soon as you get home from surgery.
Eye dryness is a common side effect soon after the surgery, but eye drops can help. Avoid strenuous activities the next day and wear eye protection to shield your eyes outdoors. Wear eye shields when you sleep.
First Week of LASIK Recovery
The doctor will see you after two days to assess how you are healing. It is vital to avoid touching or rubbing your eyes during the first week after LASIK. The eyes will be sensitive, and the corneal flap is still healing.
You may experience sensitivity to light, halos, tearing eyes, and puffy eyelids for several days. Be careful when showering and keep soap and other chemicals out of the eyes. Stay away from swimming pools, hot tubs, or any water that may be contaminated for the first week. Avoid using eye makeup during this period to avoid infections.
First Month of Lasik Recovery
After the first week of the surgery, most of the side effects will have diminished or reduced completely. You can start exercising after the first week. Avoid contact sports and any activity that can be too strenuous.
You can use exercise machines, perform aerobics, and walk. If you swim, make sure to wear goggles to protect your eyes. When out in the field, wear protective sports goggles for a month after the surgery.
Three to Six Months After LASIK
After three to six months, most patients do not experience side effects. If you have severe nearsightedness or myopia, your eyes may take longer to recover. You may need to wear eyeglasses for some time as your eyes heal.
Following your LASIK recovery plan will help ensure you heal faster. It is essential to attend follow-up appointments during the recovery period. It will allow the doctor to monitor your progress and eye health.
If you experience severe pain at any stage during the recovery, contact your eye doctor immediately. Working with your surgeon during this period will help ensure the best overall outcome. Ensure that you continue getting regular eye exams even after LASIK.
For more on the recovery process after LASIK, visit Grin Eye Care at our offices in Leawood or Olathe, Kansas, or Kansas City, Missouri. Call (913) 829-5511 to schedule an appointment today.