LASIK Recovery

LASIK Recovery – Things To Do

During LASIK recovery, most patients can notice an immediate improvement in vision, although, for the first three to six hours, it appears as if you are looking through wax paper or underwater in a pool.

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    Resting or sleeping is the best remedy for any post-operative discomfort. Use the additional Valium that is provided, if necessary, and get some rest.

  • 2. Use Your Eye Drops Down Arrow

    Use Your Eye Drops

    Start using your prescription eye drops as soon as you get up from your nap post-surgery.

    Anti-inflammatory Antibiotic Combination: Shake the bottle well. Place one drop, four times daily into the operated eye. Expect cloudy vision for a few minutes after instilling the drops.

    Artificial Tears: Some patients experience scratchiness or irritation with mild light sensitivity to the lids in the operated eye for the first several days. This is generally worse in the morning and improves as the day goes on. For sensitivity, we recommend Ibuprofen (Advil), in addition to frequent dosing of preservative-free lubricant teardrops (artificial tears). Artificial tears can be used as often as necessary to relieve the dry or scratchy sensation you may be experiencing post-surgery. Nonprescription, preservative-free lubrication drops may be instilled in the operated eye immediately after surgery and as often as needed. You will be using these preservative-free drops for several weeks. They are available over the counter and can be purchased at your local pharmacy. Most patients find these to be helpful between medication eye drops, particularly in the morning. A preserved tear (sold in a bottle vs. individual dispensers) may be used after six weeks.

  • 3. Wear Your Goggles Down Arrow

    Wear Your Goggles

    The goggles are very important to your recovery from surgery. During the LASIK procedure, a small flap is made on the eye so our surgeons can make the appropriate alterations to the shape of the cornea. Once this flap is closed, no sutures are used to hold the flap in place. The eye should heal on its own. But in order to ensure the flap does not shift before it heals, the eye must be protected, especially while you are asleep and may attempt to rub your eyes due to discomfort.

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