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
LASIK surgery, read on to learn about life after LASIK.
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.