What Is the LASIK Recovery Like?

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Posted on Sunday, June 24th, 2018 by Dr. Robert Mack
Recovering from LASIK

The recovery period for LASIK is a relatively short one for most patients. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to do your homework and be aware of what to expect. Doing so can help ease any nerves you may have before and after the procedure.

In this blog post, Mack Eye Center, a team of eye doctors in Hoffman Estates, discuss what you need to know about the LASIK recovery process.

Immediately After LASIK

Immediately after LASIK surgery, your surgeon will place a protective shield over your eye. You will be released into the care of a loved one who will need to drive you home. You should plan on resting at home in a comfortable position for the remainder of the day. Minor side effects are common but temporary. These include blurry vision and a burning or itching sensation. These side effects should subside within a day. Our team may provide you with prescription eye drops to minimize discomfort.

The Days After LASIK

You will return to our office the following day so we can check your vision and ensure that your eyes are recovering properly. Most patients are cleared to drive and return to work one or two days after surgery.

Every patient heals at a different pace. Patients who heal slower may experience side effects for a few weeks or months. Side effects include fluctuating or blurry vision, light sensitivity, glare, halos around lights and dry eye. In the days and weeks following your procedure, you will meet with our team for follow-up appointments so we can monitor your healing progress. Your follow-up appointments are also a great time to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your LASIK recovery or results.

Additional Tips

  • Wear your protective eye shield as long as your surgeon recommends.
  • Avoid touching and rubbing your eye while your eye heals.
  • Do not shower until cleared by your surgeon (most patients are able to shower the day after surgery).
  • Avoid swimming and hot tubs.
  • Do not wear eye makeup (e.g., mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow) or apply lotions around your eyes for at least a week after LASIK.
  • Avoid exercising or playing contact sports until you are cleared by your surgeon.
  • Wear sunglasses when outdoors.
  • Use all prescription eye drops and medications as directed by your surgeon.

Contact Mack Eye Center

To learn more about LASIK or the other laser vision correction procedures we offer, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists. Speak to a member of our team by contacting Mack Eye Center today.