Most patients find that their vision is noticeably better immediately following the LASIK procedure. However, it usually takes a few weeks for the eyes to heal completely. Also, not everyone's eyes heal at the same rate.
Although some patients temporarily experience light sensitivity or poor night vision after the LASIK procedure, the latest laser vision correction technologies approved by the FDA have reduced the likelihood of these side effects. Other side effects are more common, so you should know what to expect. Side effects may include:
- Blurred Vision: As your cornea heals, hazy vision is not unusual. Still, the healing process is so fast that most patients can see clearly enough to drive a car the next day. Most patients return to work and normal activity within a day or two.
- Dry Eyes: Though they may not feel any different, your eyes will probably be dry for a few days. Your doctor will talk with you about whether or not you need eye drops. If the problem persists, your doctor may opt for punctal occlusion therapy to retain your eye's natural lubrication.
- Sensitivity: You'll probably be using antibiotic eye drops for about a week. You’ll also want to avoid the use of eye makeup and lotion for several days. Exercise is fine, but don't get sweat in your eyes; it could irritate them. The same goes for chlorine. Although a shower or bath is fine the day after the procedure, refrain from swimming for a couple of weeks. Finally, don’t rub your eyes, and protect them in the sunlight by wearing sunglasses.
At LASIK of Nevada, our doctors and staff are committed to expert care before and after the LASIK procedure. Let Dr. Richard C. Rothman and his team will put their expertise to work for you. We have two locations in Las Vegas and one in Reno. Call (702) 636-2010 or visit our website today.