If you’re thinking of having LASIK Eye Treatment, you’ll undoubtedly have a lot of questions about what to expect immediately after the operation. Do you need to take a significant amount of time off of work? What can I expect to experience? Will I be in pain? How long does it take for my vision to improve? Thankfully, LASIK surgery is one of the safest surgical procedures around. Let’s take you step by step through the immediate aftermath of a successful treatment.
Upon completion of the operation, your surgeon should have you rest for a bit. Many people report experiencing a temporary burning/itching sensation immediately after the procedure that is momentary and fleeting.
After a momentary rest, you will be released to return home. Make sure to arrange transportation ahead of time, as you won’t be able to drive yourself!
There are several important things to remember upon being released.
You will be prescribed medication. Follow your doctor’s instructions and remember to take any medication prescribed to you, such as eye drops and other medicines to lubricate your eyes.
You will have a temptation to rub your eyes. Do not rub your eyes. If you rub your eyes, there is a small chance this could dislodge the corneal flap created by the surgeon necessary in reshaping the underlying cornea.
Avoid tasks that could result in getting dust, dirt or water in your eyes. Avoid getting water in your eyes within the first 72 hours after a laser eye surgery procedure. It’s recommended that you avoid activities such as swimming or relaxing in a hot tub for several weeks post-surgery.
Blurriness and haziness is very common immediately after the surgery, but this should last only until the next day. Your eyesight will continue to improve in the next few days, although it can rarely take an additional week or two. It’s definitely recommended you take a few days off of work for proper rest and healing, although people have reported going to work the next day with no problems.
After the initial operation, your doctor will schedule a post-operative check up to occur within 24 to 48 hours of the operation. They will test your vision to ensure your eyes are healing, and whether you will be clear to drive without glasses or contact lenses. In most states, this requires uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 or better. There will be additional follow-up appointments as well depending on the doctor’s judgment. Appointments that are scheduled anytime from 1 week to 6 months after the operation is normal.
The good news is that for most people, their vision improves immediately!
The long-term results offer several benefits. Most people achieve 20/20 vision or better after the surgery, but results do vary. Some people only achieve 20/40 or less. You may still need to wear glasses or contact lenses following the treatment, however your prescription level typically will be much lower than before.
Complications can occur, although the LASIK Treatment is considered a very safe procedure, with current statistics showing only 1% of patients experienced serious complications.
And finally, always remember to talk with your doctor about any questions or concerns you may have. They will have the expertise to directly address any concerns that apply to your case.