Post-LASIK Questions Answered
Posted By || 11-23-2015
The success of your LASIK procedure doesn’t end when you leave the office. You need to make sure you follow all postoperative instructions to allow proper healing to occur so you can have the best vision possible. Here is what you can expect after your LASIK procedure:
Post Surgery Instructions
Immediately following your LASIK procedure, you will need to follow specific instructions from your doctor to allow your eyes to begin healing. You will have bandage contact lenses applied to each eye that you will leave on for about an hour after your procedure. These will allow the flaps to stabilize and begin to heal. In some cases, your doctor may want you to leave these on overnight. These will be removed during your follow-up appointment and it is important you do not try to remove them on your own.
You will need to schedule a follow-up appointment within 72 hours of your procedure. This appointment will only last about 5-10 minutes and will allow your doctor to see how your eyes have began to heal as well as provide you with more detailed post-op instructions. We recommend you do not shower, wash your face, or do anything else that may disrupt your eye flaps and affect proper healing. If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure or vision, now is a great time to address them with your doctor.
It is important to note that you should not expect perfect vision at this point. Your eyes are still recovering and healing so you might not see the full benefits of LASIK until your eyes have completely healed.
How Long Should I Expect Until I can see Results?
You may be able to see better immediately after your procedure. However, you can expect to see at about a 90% level within the first 36-48 hours. It is important to rest your eyes as much as possible during this timeframe to allow your eyes to heal since your cornea may still be swollen from the procedure. Try to avoid watching TV, reading, using your computer, or driving for about 2 days after the surgery.
What Side Effects can I Expect?
Side effects vary depending on the patient but the most common include:
● Night glare
● Feeling of something trapped in your eye
● Vision fluctuations
● Feeling of eyes needing time to focus
If you experience any of these, it is important to consult your doctor to help relieve your symptoms and avoid further complications.
You will be giving eye drops to use to keep your eyes moisturized following your LASIK procedure. Your doctor will provide you with instructions on how to use the medicated drops but you can expect to use these heavily following your procedure with possible use for up to 3 months after your surgery.
Flap complications can occur during your healing period although they are uncommon. To prevent complications avoid the following in the first 2 weeks after your procedure:
● Touching or rubbing your eyes
● Putting your face directly under the water in the shower
● Swimming and putting your face underwater
● Using eye makeup
● Squeezing your eyelids
● Playing contact sports
● Sleeping on your stomach
● Picking up small children and pets
It is also important to wear your sleep “goggles” that have been provided so you don’t accidentally rub your eyes while you sleep.Categories: Blog
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