Knowing what to expect from LASIK ahead of time can reduce your anxiety and maximize satisfaction with the outcome. Your LASIK surgeon will discuss in detail what you will experience during your procedure and recovery, as well as what type of results you can expect given your current vision and other factors that are unique to you.
Prior to Surgery
Baseline measurements of your corneas must be taken before surgery. If you wear contact lenses, you will need to stop wearing them two to four weeks before these measurements are taken, depending on the type of lenses, because contacts temporarily alter the shape of your corneas.
One day before surgery you must stopping wearing:
You will be awake during the procedure. Special drops will be used to numb your eyes. A lid speculum will hold your eyelids open and a suction ring keeps your eyeball still, so you do not have to worry about not blinking and trying to keep your eye in the perfect position all on your own. The surgery lasts about five minutes on each eye.
Most LASIK patients notice an immediate improvement in vision, before they go home. But, you must have someone drive you home. Resting your eyes is necessary to recovery, so you will be advised to nap when you get home.
Most patients can drive the day after surgery. You may also be able to return to work the next day, but that depends on what you do. You must avoid exerting yourself for a couple of days. For five days, you will need to avoid:
- Eye makeup
- Lotions and creams in the eye area
- Yard work
- Getting soap and water in your eyes
- Getting sweat in your eyes
During the first two weeks after surgery looking at a computer screen for long periods of time may cause your eyes to feel very dry and irritated. You should take frequent breaks and use artificial tears.
You must avoid rubbing your eyes during LASIK recovery. You will be given drops to prevent infection, lubricate your eyes, and reduce inflammation and discomfort.
You may have some blurry or hazy vision during the first week or two after surgery. Glare, halos and difficulty with night driving can last a few days or a few months after surgery. It will take up to six months for your eyes to fully heal and for your vision to stabilize. Keep in touch with your LASIK surgeon regarding any problems you are experiencing. After your eyes have healed, you may need enhancement or touch-up surgery to achieve optimal results.
To learn more about what to expect from LASIK, talk to an experienced LASIK surgeon near you.