Recovery time following LASIK surgery differs from patient to patient, but all patients can expect sudden and gradual improvements over a period of about three to six months. Vision will typically stabilize within that time frame, signaling that your eye has healed. During your healing process, you can take a few basic steps to ensure a more comfortable and rapid recovery time.
Use Eye Drops: Immediately following surgery, you may feel burning or itching in the eye, as well as dryness, which can be combatted with simple eye drops. The dry sensation can last for up to six months.
Do Not Drive: Ask someone to drive you home from the initial procedure and your follow-up doctor visit, as your vision will most likely be blurry for a few days after the procedure. Your first post-operative appointment with the doctor will be within the first 24 to 48 hours.
Do Not Participate in Certain Activities: Expect to wait about four weeks before returning to rigorous contact sports, like boxing or football. The suggested waiting time to return to swimming is slightly longer, at eight weeks.
Do Not Wear Contact Lenses: Do not use your contact lenses, despite the temptation to do so. LASIK will initially leave your sight blurry, but that effect will subside as your eyes heals.
Keep Your Spirits High: According to lasik information from the FDA, more than 80% of people who have had refractive surgery, like LASIK or PRK, no longer need their glasses or contact lenses when engaging in most activities. Push aside the frustrations that may accompany your recovery, and focus on the long-term outcome.
By taking the steps and recommendations listed above and speaking with a certified LASIK surgeon, you can be one of the many LASIK success stories and begin seeing life in a new way. Contact us today at (702) 636-2010 to find out more or to make an appointment!