LASIK surgery has revolutionized vision and allowed people to see more
clearly and naturally than they ever have before. However, despite the
fact that this procedure is non-invasive, it is eye surgery that is performed
with a laser and will require a recovery period. One of the most frequent
questions we receive involves how long this recovery period will take,
including how long someone who undergoes this surgery can expect to be
restricted from their normal activities. While there’s no straightforward
answer to this, there’s a few things you can expect during the recovery
process which can help you understand how long it will take.
LASIK surgery has two recovery periods: short-term and long-term. Short-term
recovery generally takes between two days and about a week, starting immediately
after your surgery ends. You’ll need to arrange for transportation
on the day of your surgery, since you won’t be able to drive yourself
home, and your doctor will tell you to immediately go home and rest for
the first several hours following your surgery. You’ll check in
with them usually within a day or two after having your surgery.
The first few days may be uncomfortable. It’s not uncommon for patients
to experience redness, eye pain, and irritation or weeping. Irritation
may feel as though you have a piece of sand in your eye, but it’s
crucially important that you don’t rub it. In fact, your doctor
may ask you to wear a blindfold or eye patch during your sleep to prevent
you from accidentally rubbing it. Your eyes may also be sensitive to light
during this period, so you may find it comfortable to wear dark-tint sunglasses
during this period.
Long-term recovery normally takes around six months, but can take even
longer if your healing goes slowly. You’ll have several checkups
with your doctor to make sure everything is going well, and it’s
not uncommon to experience several fluctuations in your vision over this
period. However, you should start to experience your best vision about
four weeks after your LASIK treatment is complete.
During your six-month recovery period, your doctor will instruct you to
stay away from high-impact activities in order to ensure your eye heals
properly. They’ll also give you a fairly lengthy list of post-operation
Even after your long-term recovery is complete, your eyes will be more
prone to injury, so it’s important to make sure you keep your vision
safe. Wear safety goggles when performing risky activities, such as playing
sports or working with power tools, and always make sure you protect your
eyes from strong glare by using sunglasses.
Want to know more about LASIK surgery?
Contact a Dallas eye surgeon from the Key-Whitman Eye Center today!