While LASIK recovery periods vary from patient to patient, most people who undergo the laser eye procedure experience relatively uneventful recovery. Most go to sleep and wake up seeing the world through fresh eyes.
After surgery, your LASIK doctor will require you to rest in the clinic for a while and then send you home to sleep for several hours. That is why it is a good idea to bring someone with you on the day of surgery. Your doctor may opt to cover your eyes to protect them from the sun and any foreign body that can infect your eyes. Leave the patches on until your doctor tells you it’s safe to take them off.
Most people experience discomfort for several hours after LASIK surgery. Mild pain relievers such as acetaminophen or naproxen sodium can relieve pain and discomfort. Never take aspirin after surgery; aspirin thins the blood and can cause bleeding. There are many blood vessels in the eye that can be affected if aspirin is taken.
Do not rub your eyes; don’t scratch them either. Your eyes will feel itchy after surgery. It can be very difficult to avoid, but you must resist the impulse to scratch or rub your eyes. You might dislodge the corneal flap made by the doctor during surgery and doing so can cause blindness. You may also be more sensitive to light, but that goes away after a few days.
Many people return to work shortly after LASIK surgery. If your job requires you to lift anything heavy, move around a lot, or if your workplace is dusty, it is highly recommended that schedule a few days off to allow your eyes to heal. You should also avoid contact sports for several weeks to ensure that nothing gets in the eye that can potentially damage it. You also want to avoid anything that can lead to the eye being bumped or hit. You would not want your LASIK surgery to go to waste.
In the first six months following surgery, visit your doctor regularly for checkups. During the first six months, your vision will fluctuate before stabilizing and your doctor will be able to check if you are healing fine. You may experience LASIK dry eyes and your doctor can give you eye drops to counteract your the dry eyes.
Contact your doctor at the first sign of blurred vision or irritation. Any infection or LASIK side effect can be remedied if detected immediately. If you make it through the first six months without any problems, it means your surgery was a success and you can expect your eyes to be fine from then on.
Although LASIK is a permanent procedure, your eyes naturally change over time. For this reason, you may need corrective glasses again in the future. As yet, there is no surgery that can keep your vision perfect forever. For now, LASIK is the option that produces the best possible results.
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