Recovering Following Laser Corneal Reshaping
The post-operative recovery period is an incredibly important stage in any surgical procedure. LASIK, or the permanent reshaping of the cornea using a special laser, is no exception. Dr. Andrew Holzman provides his patients with explicit instructions for LASIK recovery following treatment at our offices serving Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. The recovery time after LASIK surgery is relatively short, but it is important to take certain measures during this time to ensure that you recover properly and can enjoy the full benefits of treatment.
A Safer Approach
After the Procedure
The Day of Your Procedure
The quick, dramatic improvement in the way patients see the world is one of the reasons so many people turn to LASIK. Patients with higher prescriptions may notice that their vision is significantly better almost immediately after their surgery, and patients with lower prescriptions often say that their sight improves within six to eight hours. However, since all of our patients will experience some blurriness following LASIK, arrangements should be made for a friend or family member to drive you home.
You may experience some discomfort while recovering at home, which is why we recommend that you rest your eyes to reduce irritation. After taking a nap, you may notice that your eyes feel better and your sight is even clearer. Other patients may sleep through the night and wake up the next morning excited that they can see well without their glasses.
The Week of Your Procedure
The day following your procedure, you will return to our office (or see your referring doctor) for a follow-up examination to ensure you are healing properly. Within the first few days of LASIK, patients may also experience some mild side effects, which quickly subside. The most common side-effects include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Hazy or blurry vision
- An itching or burning sensation in the eyes
- Dry eyes
- Bloodshot eyes
Many patients return to their everyday activities, including work, errands, or even a trip to the gym within a couple of days of their procedure. Although non-contact sports can be resumed, patients should abstain from any activities that put the eye in danger of trauma, such as volleyball or martial arts, until their doctor provides their approval. Since LASIK works by reshaping your cornea, it is very important that patients avoid putting any creams or make-up around their eye for at least a week.
The Month of Your Procedure
Contaminated water can cause infection, so activities like swimming, saunas, or steam baths should be avoided for at least a month. Patients should also refrain from rubbing their eyes during this time to allow the corneal flap to properly heal. Your vision will stabilize in the weeks after the procedure, and it is not uncommon to experience subtle shifts in your sight during this time. While some patients prefer to wear glasses during certain tasks like driving or reading, many enjoy seeing without any dependence on corrective eyewear.
Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
It is important that you do not use eye makeup or creams for one week. During this time, it is imperative that nothing disrupts the healing of the corneal flap, so you must avoid rubbing your eyes for three or four weeks. A properly healed corneal flap is incredibly important to the success of LASIK surgery. You should take extra care in remaining cognizant of your condition, and abstain from rubbing your eyes during this time. Rubbing the eyes can also increase the likelihood of side effects, like subconjunctival hemorrhage, which appears as a red spot on the white of the eye.
Choose a Reputable Specialist
By undergoing LASIK surgery performed by Dr. Andrew Holzman, and by following his instructions for proper recovery, you can experience the incredible benefits of improved vision. During your consultation, Dr. Holzman will explain the procedure, benefits, possible side effects, and what you can expect during recovery.