LASIK Recovery Timeline

August 31, 2012 — by Dr. Gregory Stainer
Tags: Lasik Dry Eye

Bakersfield LASIK Recovery TimelineAfter you have made the decision to move forward with LASIK eye surgery, it is a good idea to educate yourself as much as possible about the procedure, and what to expect during your recovery. Bakersfield LASIK surgeon Gregory A. Stainer offers the requisite experience, paired with highly effective LASIK technology, to consistently produce successful surgical outcomes. A successful LASIK surgery will result in a short and uneventful recovery period – and an immediate improvement in vision. In this blog post, we discuss what patients of Southwest Eye Care and Laser can expect during LASIK Recovery.

Immediately Following LASIK

Immediately following surgery, patients will continue to experience the effects of the numbing eye drops for about 30 minutes. Before you leave our Bakersfield laser eye surgery practice, we will place safety goggles over the eyes to protect them in the hours after surgery and while you sleep. We will also provide you will all necessary after care instructions and eye drops, which may include anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and lubricating eye drops. You can then return home with the help of your pre-arranged driver. Most of our patients experience clearer vision at this stage, though the vision will still be a bit hazy.

When You Get Home

It is recommended that you close your eyes and rest for a few hours after LASIK surgery. As the effects of the anesthetic wear off, the eyes may have a gritty, dry, or scratchy feeling. Closing the eyes reduces discomfort, and allows the corneal flap to heal. Be sure to wear your safety goggles to protect your eyes from injury.

When You Wake Up

You can remove the safety goggles the morning after your LASIK surgery. About eight to 12 hours after surgery, the majority of the discomfort is gone, and patients experience significantly improved vision. However, many patients experience sensitivity to light for two days to a week after LASIK surgery. Within one day of surgery, many patients feel ready to return to their normal routine, though some patients prefer to take a few days off of work to recover. Some general recovery tips to keep in mind include:

  • Apply eye drops as directed by Dr. Stainer
  • Do not rub or touch your eyes, as this can increase the risk of flap complications and infection
  • Don't drive for at least two days after LASIK surgery
  • Do not wear eye make-up for five to seven days
  • Avoid exercise or strenuous activity for two days
  • Wear safety goggles when playing sports
  • Return to our office for your post-LASIK recovery exams; the first will be scheduled about one week after your surgery

The Next Few Weeks

During the first week after surgery, vision will continue to improve; best vision results are typically seen three to six months after surgery. In the first few weeks after LASIK, patients may experience some side effects such as dry eyes, glare, and halos. These side effects typically resolve within a few months after surgery.

If you experience any adverse side effects or complications, be sure to contact Southwest Eye Care and Laser as soon as possible so we can get you in to see Dr. Stainer.

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