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What To Expect After Lasik: All You Need To Know About

February 24, 2022

Immediately after the LASIK is performed, you may experience some discomfort in your eyes for a few hours. You might want to involuntarily want to rub your eyes. But you should not, as it may displace the flap from its set position and disturb vision.

You may experience:

  • Mild Pain
  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Itching or burning in the eye
  • Watery eyes
  • The white part of eyes may look red for some days
  • Sensitivity to light, glare, and haloes surrounding lights

Usually with the routine post surgery medications, these symptoms of discomfort settle well.

How Much Time Required For Complete Eye Healing After Lasik Surgery?

Most patients have clear vision within 24 hours, and some take 36-48 hours. You will need to visit your doctor within 24-48 hours of surgery. During the first post-operative visit, the doctor will examine your eye and check for vision. Then, he may give you eye drops required for eye healing.

You will need to visit your doctor within 24-48 hours of surgery. During the first post-operative visit, the doctor will examine your eye and check your vision. The doctor will also prescribe you certain medications (eyedrops)

Is It Important To Use The Eye Drops After Surgery?

Yes, it is mandatory to use the eye drops as prescribed and directed by your surgeon. These are antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops. They are essential for preventing eye infections and for adequate healing after surgery. Along with these, lubricants or tear substitutes are advised for up to 4 weeks.

Should I Have Someone To Drive Me Back Home After Surgery?

Yes, you should bring some relative with you to drive you back home on the day of surgery. Also, your eyes might be sensitive to light initially, you may have mild pain or numbness from the pre-surgery and watery eyes. You are generally permitted to drive after 2 days during the day and after a week at night.

How Soon Can I Watch Tv And Exercise After Lasik?

You should give time to heal the eye. Kindly avoid putting unnecessary strain on your eyes. You should avoid watching TV, working on a laptop, and reading for at least 24 hours. Our eyes are extra sensitive to light after surgery. Any type of screen time will put a strain on the eye. It can even lead to headaches. Also, avoid any heavy exercise after LASIK.

Is It Normal To Have A Red-Eye After Lasik?

The red spots in the eyes are caused by small bursts in blood vessels. You may have red spots on the white part of the eye. Don’t worry, it is entirely normal, and it will get back to normal in 2 To 3 days. They are usually created by the pressure of the suction ring used during surgery. The surgeon uses a suction ring to hold the eye.

Is It Normal To Have Blurry Or Cloudy Vision After Surgery?

You will experience blurry and hazy vision immediately after the surgery. It will persist for at least 4-5 hours. Within the first 24 hours, you will start seeing improvement and clarity in your vision. With advanced laser technology, it can take approximately 24-48 hours days to attain a fine vision

For How Long Do I Need To Wear The Sunglasses After Surgery?

After LASIK, the eyes become sensitive to light, leading to haloes and glare.  Hence, you should wear sunglasses. You should wear sunglasses for the first 12-24 hours to protect the eyes from sunlight and sharp lights.

Do I Need Something For Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes usually last for two to three weeks and are very common after LASIK. Your doctor will prescribe you some eye drops for dry eyes. Kindly take the eye drops as directed. You should take the eye drops even if you don’t feel your eyes dry as dry eyes interfere with the healing process. If dryness is more persistent, your doctor may also add an eye ointment for night time application which is more long lasting in its action.


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