What to Expect with LASIK Recovery
September 8, 2021
The LASIK procedure helps patients achieve optimal eyesight. However, like any other surgical procedure, expedited recovery requires following certain steps. The eye doctors employed at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology in Falls Church, Virginia invite you to read the following brief blog regarding the LASIK procedure and the recovery process.
LASIK Surgery Overview
LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) is a type of surgery that uses a laser to improve poor vision due to conditions like nearsightedness. The laser actually reshapes the front of the eye, called the “cornea”, to correct how the eye takes in light.
The LASIK procedure generally takes about 15 minutes. The surgeon will numb the eye being operated on, then create a flap in the cornea using a laser. The flap is then lifted so the surgeon can access and remove some of the tissue underneath to reshape the eye. Once this is done, the flap is folded back to its original position and sealed.
Immediately After Surgery
Following the surgery, you should have someone drive you home. It is not uncommon to feel some minor discomfort after surgery, which should subside within a couple of days. It is very important that you avoid rubbing your eyes: instead, use one of the lubricating drops provided by your doctor. You will be given eye drops to use following surgery and a plastic shield to cover your eyes during sleep and help keep them safe while they are healing.
You will have a follow-up visit with your doctor one day, one week, and one month after surgery. Your doctor will check your vision, ensure you are following your eye drop schedule, and evaluate how well you are recovering.
Recovering From Surgery
The recovery time varies from person to person. In many cases, patients notice a marked improvement in their vision within just a couple of days and can even return to work the next day. That said, the key to a quick recovery is following the instructions given to you by your doctor to avoid any potential complications.
During the first 24 hours, you should avoid squeezing or rubbing your eyes and heavy physical activity. During the first few weeks, you should avoid contact sports and refrain from wearing eye makeup. You should also avoid sunscreen or lotion right around the eyes, and if you do get any in your eyes you should use artificial tears to wash it out. It is important that you do not swim or use a hot tub for two weeks after surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in LASIK and want to know if you are a suitable candidate for the surgery, schedule an appointment with the team at Anh Nguyen Ophthalmology. You can call us at (703) 534-4393 or request your appointment online.