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Going Home After LASIK: What to Expect

July 12, 2018

LASIK eye surgery is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve and correct your vision. The surgery itself takes just 10-15 minutes for each eye, and typically, patients will be able to notice changes in their vision the morning after. But, what can you expect when you go home after LASIK and how long will it take for your eyes to recover?

To learn more about recovering from laser eye surgery, here’s everything you need to know about what you can expect after LASIK.

The First Hours After LASIK

 Immediately after LASIK, your vision will still be blurry as your eyes begin to heal. With that said, you’ll want to make sure you have someone to drive you home. One of our technicians will also provide you with goggles to protect your eyes while you sleep for 1 week following surgery.

Once you’re home, you may also notice hazy eyesight or see halos around bright lights. These symptoms are normal and should start to subside within a few hours or a few days.

The First Days After LASIK

In the first few days after LASIK, you’ll notice your eyesight will start to improve, and you should be able to resume normal activities like driving and going to work. However, you may still feel some discomfort. If your eyes start to feel dry, itchy, or become painful, use the eye drops your surgeon gave you after your surgery to alleviate discomfort, and be careful not to rub them when they get uncomfortable.

Also, try not to spend too much time in front of your television or on your mobile device after LASIK. This will help reduce eye strain and promote better recovery.

Most importantly, make sure you go to your eye doctor for your post-op appointments. Normally scheduled 24 to 48 hours after your surgery, your doctor will take a closer look at your eyes and vision to see how they responded to LASIK. Throughout the entire recovery process, they’ll monitor your progress and help your eyes heal as well as possible.

The First Weeks After LASIK

After the first few weeks following your LASIK procedure, you should be able to resume non-strenuous exercises, like jogging and lifting light weights. If you’re planning on playing sports, make sure you wear protective goggles made of polycarbonate lenses to keep your eyes protected from any flying objects.

For those who wear eye makeup, you’ll want to wait two weeks before you start using it again. When you’re putting it on, it’s important that you’re taking the time to apply carefully. And if you get something in your eye, use eye drops to flush it out, to reduce the risk of irritation and infection.

Months After LASIK

Your eyes should be healed three to six months after your surgery, so you can expect to see consistently clear vision. Plus, issues like sensitivity to light should have completely subsided.

At this point, the only thing patients will need to stay on top of is going to the remaining post-op appointments with your doctor. Just as they’ve done throughout your entire recovery, they’ll check your eyes and vision to make sure you’re getting the results you need.

While the LASIK recovery as a whole can be quick, it’s important to remember that everyone is different. If you’d like to learn more about what you can expect when you go home after LASIK, contact Kremer Eye Center or schedule a LASIK consultation today.