Recovery after lasik eye surgery

Lasik eye surgery brings to many people the freedom from wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses. The surgery is easy and just about painless. The whole process can go very uneventful if you have a good doctor and follow all the directions that are given to you. The recovery period after the surgery varies from person to person and but it helps to know what may happen during this time.

Lasik is laser assisted in Situ Keratomileusis. It involves cutting the cornea, which is the clear lens in the eye that reflects light to the retinas to produce images, and then reshaping the cornea with a laser. The surgery only takes about 20 minutes. There is no required hospital stay; in fact, the whole procedure takes place in your eye clinic.

Before you even get the surgery it helps to know a little about what you need to do and can not do after your surgery. Being prepared is the best way to make your lasik best for you and to meet your expectations. At the very end of the surgery your surgeon will put a shield on your eye. This shield is to protect it from any accidental pressure or bumping. The cornea was not stitched so there is a possibility that the cut area can get disturbed if you do not keep the shield on. As soon as your procedure is over the doctor will release you to go home. You should not drive because your vision will be severely disturbed. At this point you may feel a small amount of pain, itching or burning in your eye. Your eye may tear continually. You may also see starbursts and experience sensitivity to light. All of this is normal. Within 24 to 48 hours you have a follow up visit with your doctor. Your doctor will then remove the shield and check to make sure you are healing properly. You will need to have regular visits with your doctor for up to about six months.

When you visit your doctor you may get more instructions on what you can and can not do. Most often before you had your surgery the doctor will advise you to take a couple of days off work so your eye can heal and your vision can stabilize a little. You may also be told that you should not wear contacts or use make-up or other cosmetics around your eyes. If you play contact sports you should not play them for at least four weeks after your surgery. Other activities normally can be done in one to three days. Any swimming or use of a hot tub should be avoided for one to two months. It is important to remember that your eye needs time to heal and doing anything your doctor has advised you not to do can put you at risk for further complications or even infection.

You can expect your vision to vary throughout the recovery period. For the first two to three months you may experience regular vision fluctuations. It can take up to six months for your vision to stop fluctuating and become stable. You may experience halos and problems with seeing in low light also. If you ever experience your symptoms getting worse or extreme pain you should call your doctor immediately.

Do not be afraid to ask your surgeon questions during your recovery. What you experience may be different from these symptoms and situations, but if you are ever become concerned it is important to call your doctor.

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