Immediately after the laser eye surgery, your eye may burn, itch, or feel like there is something in it. You may experience some discomfort, or in some cases, mild pain and your doctor may suggest you take a mild pain reliever. Both your eyes may tear or water. Your vision will probably be hazy or blurry. You will instinctively want to rub your eye, but don’t! 

Rubbing your eye could dislodge the flap, requiring further treatment. In addition, you may experience sensitivity to light, glare, starbursts or haloes around lights, or the whites of your eye may look red or bloodshot. These symptoms should improve considerably within the first few days after laser eye surgery

You should plan on taking a few days off from work until these symptoms subside. You should contact your doctor immediately and not wait for your scheduled visit, if you experience severe pain, or if your vision or other symptoms get worse instead of better.

You should see your doctor within the first 24 to 48 hours after laser eye surgery and at regular intervals after that for at least the first six months. At the first postoperative visit, your doctor will remove the eye shield, test your vision, and examine your eye. Your doctor may give you one or more types of eye drops to take at home to help prevent infection and/or inflammation. You may also be advised to use artificial tears to help lubricate the eye. Do not resume wearing a contact lens in the operated eye, even if your vision is blurry.

After your laser eye surgery

You should wait one to three days after laser eye surgery before engaging in any non-contact sports, depending on the amount of activity required, your physical condition, and your doctor’s instructions.

To avoid infection, you may need to wait up to two weeks after laser eye surgery or until your doctor advises you otherwise before applying lotions, creams, or make-up around the eye. Following laser eye surgery, your doctor may advise you to continue washing your eyelashes for a period of time. Additionally, you should avoid swimming and hot tubs or whirlpools for 1-2 months.

Contact sports such as boxing, football, or karate should be avoided for at least four weeks following laser eye surgery. It is critical to safeguard your eyes from foreign objects and from being struck or bumped.

Your eyesight may vary over the first several months after laser eye surgery.

After laser eye surgery, it may take up to three to six months for your vision to stabilize.

During this stabilization period, glare, haloes, difficulty driving at night, and other visual symptoms may also persist. If additional correction or enhancement is required, you should wait at least two consecutive visits at least three months apart before re-operation. It is critical to understand that while distance vision may improve following re-operation, other visual symptoms such as glare or haloes are unlikely to improve. Additionally, no laser company has presented the FDA with sufficient evidence to draw conclusions about the safety or effectiveness of enhancement surgery.

Immediately notify your eye doctor if you experience any new, unusual, or worsening symptoms following laser eye surgery. Such symptoms may indicate the presence of a problem that, if left untreated, may result in vision loss.

LASIK is a cutting-edge laser eye surgery procedure that corrects vision problems and frequently eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses. Among its numerous advantages is its short recovery period, which enables many patients to return to work within a few days. However, following the LASIK procedure, your eyes must be properly cared for. The following tips will help you recover quickly and positively from laser eye surgery:

Relax

While LASIK is a minor outpatient procedure, your body will require time to recover completely. Do not attempt daily tasks until you are completely prepared, and keep in mind that you will require someone to transport you home following the procedure. Adequate rest after LASIK surgery includes resting your eyes, so avoid watching television, using a computer, or reading for at least the first 24 hours following laser eye surgery. Napping is an excellent way to rest your eyes, particularly after LASIK.

After your laser eye surgery

Obey your physician’s orders.

Your vision correction professional provides specific instructions for a reason: to expedite the healing process and progress of your vision correction. Following your doctor’s instructions will ensure proper eye care following LASIK. Consult your doctor as recommended, typically 24 hours after the initial laser eye surgery, to ensure that your recovery is proceeding as planned. Take medications exactly as prescribed, particularly any eye drops designed to promote healing and prevent infection. Always inform your doctor if you experience any discomfort or sensations that are not associated with the normal recovery process.

Protect your eyes 

One of the most critical steps in the recovery process is to protect your eyes following LASIK. While it is natural to experience itching, burning, and soreness in the eyes following laser eye surgery, it is critical to avoid rubbing them. Always wear eye protection while sleeping, avoid participating in sports, and wear sunglasses when outside on a sunny day. Until your doctor advises otherwise, avoid using facial creams or makeup; bathing instead of showering can sometimes help prevent eye irritation.

Within One Month of Surgery

Numerous LASIK patients notice an improvement in their visual acuity the day of their laser eye surgery. You should notice an improvement in your vision over time, as well as fewer symptoms. Within a month of laser eye surgery, your vision should stabilize.

If you previously had severe nearsightedness, your eyes may require additional time to heal. However, do not be concerned; your eye doctor will have factored this into your recovery plan. This may require you to wear glasses for a brief period of time in order to aid in the healing of your eyes.

You may continue to use your electronics as usual but ensure that you take more breaks in between. Although your eyes are now less sensitive, they are still healing.

Additionally, you would need to see your doctor within a month of laser eye surgery. Your surgeon will continue to monitor your vision and make any necessary adjustments.