Most LASIK patients are surprised at how fast their vision improves after having LASIK eye surgery. For many the very next day their vision is remarkably better. Many patients even drive themselves to their first follow-up appointment the next day, and they are so excited that they can read the signs along the way. Sounds good, we know. The rest of the story is the healing part. LASIK eye surgery: what to expect.
The Healing Guidelines: Right After LASIK
Immediately after LASIK eye surgery take a long nap when you get home, preferably several hours. When you wake up and the numbing drops have worn off, expect your eyes will feel scratchy and dry. Use moisture drops as often as you wish. The artificial tears will soothe your discomfort. There should not be any pain. Take Tylenol or Advil for any discomfort.
Rest for 24 hours, meaning don’t overdo it the day after surgery. Skip shopping, partying, cleaning the house, or gardening chores.
If you were given eye shields, wear those at night for at least the first week. That will prevent you from inadvertently rubbing or scratching your eyes during the night.
Other precautions for the first one or two weeks:
- Do not wear any makeup for at least one week. Don’t rub your eyes for any reason.
- No swimming or going into hot tubs.
- Stay out of smoky or dusty environments.
- No strenuous exercise for at least one week.
- Keep soap and shampoo out of your eyes while showering or bathing.
- Always wear sunglasses when outside.
Continue to take any prescription antibiotic drops to prevent infection or inflammation.
The most important thing is to protect your eyes especially during the first two weeks as your cornea heals. Be especially careful around young children and pets.
Healing Guidelines: One Month After LASIK
You will be returning to see Dr. Hecht at one month after your surgery. Expect a check of your vision, and how your cornea is healing.
During this time you may have noticed fluctuations of your vision. This is completely normal as your cornea heals. If you work in front of a computer, your eyes will tire and your vision may change. Stop and insert moisture drops, look away from the screen and blink. Do this multiple times during the day no matter your occupation.
Month Three After LASIK
There will be additional follow-up appointments throughout the first year. All these visits are necessary to confirm your healing progress. Total healing time is different for everyone, so be diligent about returning for those appointments. You may think everything is fine, but only Dr. Hecht can see something that might be problematic.
Report any troublesome vision changes. Many of these will resolve on their own.