What To Know About The LASIK Recovery Time And Process
LASIK is a corrective surgical vision solution for those with eyesight problems. Unlike glasses and contact lenses, LASIK is a permanent treatment option and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
- Short surgery time
- Immediate vision improvement
- Highly effective
- Permanent results
- Short LASIK recovery time
Short-Term Recovery from LASIK
Post-surgery, many individuals experience a significant improvement in their vision in as little as two days, although, for some, these changes can take up to 7 days. Full recovery and optimal vision improvements can take up to 6 months.
Most patients report clear vision immediately after the LASIK procedure, yet we always recommend arranging for some transportation, just to be safe. During the initial recovery period, adhere to all instructions provided by your surgeon.
In the days following your LASIK procedure eye pain is a common symptom. You may also experience irritation or redness. Avoid rubbing in or around the area. You will likely find that you have an increased sensitivity to light and blurred vision. Eye protection is paramount during the initial first few post-surgical days, and your surgeon may ask you to sleep with an eye mask for extra protection.
Your surgeon should schedule a check-up appointment 1 to 2 days after the procedure so that they can perform an eye examination. Infection and inflammation can pose problems after LASIK, so at this point, you may be prescribed medicated eye drops to prevent these irritations from occurring.
Long-Term Recovery from LASIK
Full recovery from LASIK can take up to 6 months, and during this time it is normal to experience both improvements and temporary blurry vision while the eyes heal. Your progress will be monitored closely by your doctor through the use of regular check-ups, and it is important that you attend the appointments to prevent any complications. Many patients report that their eyesight is at its best from around four weeks post surgery.
While most patients experience favorable results following their LASIK surgery, there is a chance that additional surgery may be needed; however, this is rare. In the case that further surgery is required, it should be scheduled several months later, once there has been sufficient time to assess the results from the first procedure.
After your eyes have fully healed, we recommend wearing protective eyewear like UV ray protected glasses for sun exposure and safety glasses for engaging in high impact activities.
Inland Eye Specialists are experts in comprehensive eye care. Visit our website to find out more about how vision changes with age and the treatment options that are available to treat vision deterioration. If you are tired of wearing contact lenses and glasses and want to find out more about the revolutionary LASIK eye surgery that has helped millions of people all over the world, contact us to book in a consultation today.