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A Look at Life After LASIK

LASIK is an increasingly popular elective surgery that restores natural vision by reshaping the cornea. With this procedure, you’re able to enjoy full vision capabilities just 48 hours after surgery. If you’re thinking of eliminating your dependence on glasses or contact lenses by undergoing LASIK surgery, read on to learn about life after LASIK.

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· Immediately after LASIK

In the first few days following your laser vision correction, you may feel a bit of discomfort. This may include burning, itching, or general irritation of the eyes, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or bloodshot eyes. If you experience any of these symptoms, your ophthalmologist may prescribe pain medication or eye drops. Be sure to contact your ophthalmologist if you experience severe pain or if your vision is extremely reduced.

· Weeks after LASIK

After a few weeks, most side effects of LASIK surgery should subside. You may resume playing contact sports, applying makeup and creams around the eye area, and even swimming and using hot tubs. You may experience dry eyes, glare, and difficulty driving at night for up to four weeks following LASIK surgery. Keep in mind that although you are able to resume contact sports, you should continue to avoid any activity that may cause damage to your eyes, as your corneal tissue is still healing.

· Months after LASIK

Fluctuations in vision may occur several months after LASIK surgery, but generally you will experience full and complete vision without the help of glasses or contact lenses. It can take three to six months for vision to stabilize completely, but your ability to see, especially at night and at long distances, will continue to improve during this time. Regular follow-up visits with your ophthalmologist will be necessary to ensure proper healing, and should be scheduled through the six months following your LASIK procedure.

Keeping an open dialogue with your ophthalmologist regarding LASIK surgery is the best way to ensure your comfort after LASIK. Dr. Mark Hornfeld, an ophthalmologist with expertise in LASIK and other laser vision correction surgeries, provides services to the residents of New York City. To schedule an appointment, call (212) 580-8881.