What Patients Should Expect After LASIK

Although the results will vary from person to person, most people report that their eyes feel fairly normal on the first day after surgery. However, as with most procedures, patients normally experience an even greater improvement in their vision as their eyes heal. And although the thought of being able to have better eyesight without being constrained to the use of glasses or contacts is exciting, there are risks associated with the procedure. Listed below are some helpful guidelines for those who wish to undergo LASIK surgery.




 Immediately after LASIK surgery 

Just after the procedure is finished, the doctor will want the patient to rest a bit. After the initial resting period is over and the doctor is satisfied with the condition of the patient, they will be released. It’s best to bring a driver along because post-LASIK patients aren’t able to drive immediately after their procedure.

If necessary, patients may be given protective sunglasses or shields to wear. Some people feel nothing after the surgery, while others may range from low to mild discomfort. Watering eyes, mild burning or itching and bloodshot eyes are common LASIK experiences. Patients ay be prescribed a mild pain reliever and antibiotic drops to speed the healing process along.






 The First Few Days and Weeks after LASIK Surgery 

Many people are able to resume normal activities as soon as a day after the procedure is complete, but it may take longer for some. Be sure to follow all of the instructions given by the eye surgeon. Patients will undergo a follow-up appointment. Here, the doctor will perform a vision test and eye examination.

A patient’s eyes ay feel a little itchy or scratchy for the first couple of days after the procedure, but it is important not to rub the eyes vigorously as this can cause a displacement of the corneal flap, which is still healing.


 Short-term and Treatable LASIK Risks and Secondary Effects 

It is common to experience side effects with any surgical procedure, and LASIK is no different. Dry eye is one of the main symptoms associated with the LASIK procedure. However, as the nerves in the eye begin to heal, they will be better equipped to send the appropriate signals to the tear glands. More secondary effects of the LASIK procedure may include seeing a glare, halos or starbursts around lights and/or other objects. However, this effect is usually not significant enough to become problematic and normally resolves itself in three to six months.