Immediately following the procedure, you may experience mild burning or itching in your eye. It could also feel as if something is stuck in your eye. Your vision may be hazy or slightly blurry, and some tears are common. It’s extremely important that you refrain from rubbing your eyes as they heal because doing so may harm them.
It is also important to keep your eyes lubricated for the first few weeks to three months after LASIK surgery. Even when your eyes don’t feel dry, you should use lubricating eye drops 3-4 times a day to prevent your eyes from drying. Patients may also experience increased sensitivity to light which can be alleviated by using sunglasses while outdoors.
Within the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery, you will have a post-operative follow-up appointment. After that, you will have regular appointments for the first 6 months.
Healing is relatively fast following LASIK, but you will want to take a few days off from work after the surgery. Certain activities such as sports and swimming should be avoided for several weeks after the procedure.
It is common for the eyes to continue to heal for at least 3 months after LASIK, which means your vision will also continue to improve. In patients with more severe prescriptions, their eyes can continue to heal for up to 6 months.
To ensure proper LASIK healing, it is very important that you carefully follow all post-operative instructions. Remember that during the LASIK healing you may experience several vision fluctuations and symptoms.
For more information about what to expect before, during and after LASIK in Laguna Hills or to find out if you are a candidate for the procedure, contact Harvard Eye Associates at 949-951-2020 or harvardeye.com today.