LASIK is a safe and standard procedure for vision loss. Most patients report that the procedure’s outcome exceeded their expectations due to significantly better vision.
Before undergoing LASIK eye surgery, people often ask many questions about the procedure, aftercare, recovery time, and more, which is completely understandable. Any procedure can be overwhelming and cause a little anxiety, especially if you don’t know what to expect.
It’s important that the patient has a stable prescription prior to surgery and no contraindications for the procedure (keratoconus or pellucid, unstable diabetes, collagen vascular disease, or pregnant/breastfeeding).
Let’s discuss LASIK’s aftercare procedure, recovery time, and expected results.
LASIK aftercare and recovery
The days following a LASIK procedure are crucial to a quick and safe recovery. Knowing what to and which precautions to take post-procedure will help you recover in no time, but do keep in mind that the rate of healing after a procedure will vary per person.
- Follow your surgeon’s instructions
- Wear protective eyewear
- Rest and avoid strenuous activity
- Avoid driving in the first 24 hours
- Don’t rub, itch, or touch your eyes
- Take breaks from your computer, TV, and phone
- Try not to get water, soap, or makeup in eyes
Ultimately, the result you want from LASIK is better vision. Following the procedure, your eyes may feel irritated or uncomfortable for the first few hours but will eventually dissipate.
LASIK results and what to expect
Your eyesight will be better immediately after surgery, although you may experience blurred vision at first, which will subside. Any difficulties should clear up within a few weeks.
There is no set timeline for recovery. However, it can take about two months for your eyes to heal fully and your vision to be at its best. Most people have 20/30 or better the first day after the procedure.
LASIK doesn’t have to be a scary thing! It’s a quick and easy procedure that has a relatively short recovery time. If you’re considering getting LASIK, I encourage you to read up on the procedure and express any concerns you may have with your eye doctor.