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LASIK: What to Expect During Post-Surgery Recovery

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People who are considering LASIK vision correction in the area of Twin Falls County, ID can expect our doctors to tell you all about the benefits of the procedure, and how to prepare for it, during preliminary consultations. During the procedure itself, you can be assured that we’ll use the advanced technology we have at our disposal — our lasers are the most up-to-date and effective LASIK eye surgery equipment in the Davis County, UT area.  

What should I expect in the days and weeks after LASIK?

LASIK is a minimally invasive procedure, so while there won’t be any major disruption to your daily routine after LASIK, there will be some steps to take to protect your eyes and help your surgery achieve its full effect. Our surgeons will go over these in detail and answer all of your questions, but here’s an overview of what you can expect in the days, weeks, and months after LASIK.

The First 24 Hours After Surgery

  • You can expect your eyes to have a mild burning or itching sensation about a half-hour after the procedure ends. This is normal, and occurs as the effects of the numbing drops used during the surgery begin to wear off. Although you’ll want to rub your eyes, avoid doing so because rubbing your eyes can displace the corneal flap. Flap displacement is one of the most serious potential post-LASIK complications, but also one of the rarest. 
  • You may also notice your eyes becoming more red and watery in the first 12 hours after surgery. This too is normal, so don’t be alarmed.
  • After your surgery, you’ll receive eye drops to use three to four times daily to keep your eyes lubricated.
  • You won’t be able to drive yourself home from surgery, so make transportation arrangements beforehand. 

The First Week After Surgery

  • After LASIK, your eyes may be a little sensitive to light for the first few weeks. A pair of sunglasses should be worn outside as needed during this time.
  • We typically request that patients come in for a follow-up a day or two after their surgery to check your healing progress. 
  • You’ll probably be able to resume work and most of your normal activities within a week of your surgery, though you may still feel some mild discomfort.  

As the eyes begin to heal after LASIK, your vision will start to improve. This healing and improvement in your vision will continue for at least three months, sometimes up to six months.  To see more clearly than you ever thought possible without glasses, schedule an appointment with Monson Vision!

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