Our Advanced Techniques Can Shorten Your LASIK Recovery Time
Patients who receive laser vision correction with Dr. Andrew Holzman often enjoy an improvement in their vision within just 24 hours of their surgery. Additionally, our patients' recovery in the following days and weeks is generally straightforward and painless, with very minor side effects that quickly diminish. To help you understand what you can expect during your LASIK recovery time, Dr. Holzman can meet with you at one of his Washington D.C.-area locations to discuss the specifics of your customized procedure. To learn more, feel free to contact us today and schedule your consultation.
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.
Contact Us Today
If you are ready to experience sharp and clear vision, contact our office today and set up your laser vision correction consultation.
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