10 things to expect during LASIK recovery in Columbus, Ohio

LASIK eye surgery is a safe procedure that uses laser technology to correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even more severe conditions like astigmatism. Although the procedure is relatively painless, as with any operation, patients often wonder what they should expect when recovering. Here are 10 things one can expect from LASIK eye surgery recovery.

1. Mild discomfort

During recovery, many patients experience a mild burning sensation in their eyes. The eyes also may be sensitive to light. Typically, these symptoms only last for a few hours after the surgery.

2. Red eyes

It is quite common for patients to experience redness in the white part of their eyeball after a LASIK procedure. The redness is similar to bruises and will disappear within a few days.

3. Prescription eye drops

About 50 percent of patient’s experience dryness in their eyes. This will only last for a few days after the procedure, and the patient’s doctor should prescribe artificial teardrops in order to ease the discomfort.

4. Appointments to follow up

As with any surgical procedure, the patient will need to follow up with a doctor. An appointment will be scheduled for one day after the procedure to check the patient’s symptoms and ensure that the eye is healing properly. After this, regular checkups will be scheduled to ensure progress.

5. Avoid eye irritants

For a week after the surgery, the patient should avoid eye irritants, such as dust and smoke. Excessive exposure to light should also be avoided.

6. Wear eye shields

After administering eye drops at night, patients should cover their eyes with clear plastic shields in order to protect them. The shields should be left on all night and patients should continue to wear them for four to five nights.

7. Avoid certain beauty products

Patients should not use makeup the day before LASIK surgery and refrain from using it for up to one week after the procedure. Putting eye cream or makeup around the eye could cause inflammation or lead to an infection.

8. Don’t swim.

LASIK patients should be careful not to get water in their eyes. Doctors recommend waiting to swim until two weeks after the procedure.

9. Blurry vision

The patient’s vision may be blurry from time to time for one to two weeks after the procedure.

10. Unstabilized vision

After LASIK surgery, the vision tends to fluctuate. It can take about a week, sometimes longer, for the patient’s corneas to stabilize.

It is important to the team here at Arena Eye surgeons that you experience comfort and a peace of mind about your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We also have 24 hour support for our patients. We look forward to supporting you through your LASIK decision.