LASIK Recovery – What to Expect
Some people have a hard time choosing the LASIK procedure because they do not know what it entails or what to expect during recovery. The professionals at Northern Vision Eye Care are here to guide you through the process and answer questions you may have about the procedure.
You can find out if you’re a good candidate for the surgery by taking our online quiz designed for LASIK eye surgery.
What Happens After Surgery?
The LASIK procedure is a type of surgery, so recovery time should be expected. Once the surgery is over, one of the first steps you will need to take is to have someone give you a ride home. Be sure to follow your eye surgeon’s instructions, such as avoiding strenuous eye activity for 24 hours. The following are a few examples of the types of activities you might want to avoid:
- Binge-watching your favorite show.
- Spending a lot of on-screen time.
- Forcing yourself to see under poor lighting conditions.
Our Northern Vision Eye Care specialists can give you additional examples. They are committed to making sure you are well-informed. Keep in mind that your surgeon may also give you eye drops to help with any discomfort and accelerate healing. Do not be surprised if you are sensitive to light for a short time after the surgery. This happens to most patients, but it goes away quickly.
24 Hours Later
You will likely have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon after 24 hours. This appointment is meant to monitor the results of the procedure. The eye care specialist may perform a few basic vision tests, though what really matters to him or her is your healing process. A true commitment to health is part of what makes the team at Northern Vision Eye Care a great team to have on your side.
Remember that it is fine to have questions because that is exactly what the people at Northern Vision Eye Care want to help with. You are probably going to be told that you can watch television now that the healing is progressing, but only do this if your surgeon allows. Make sure you wear the sunglasses you are prescribed to protect the results of the surgery.
One Week Later
The body’s ability to heal is quite extraordinary. Each day brings you closer to full recovery, so a week will offer changes you will notice. First off, your vision should be stabilizing now. This does not mean there won’t be any fluctuations, but they should be rare. Your surgeon will likely be ready to see you again to check on your progress. You will probably be told to continue using the eye drops, even if your sight is improving.
A Month Later
You will need to come in for another appointment. Here, your surgeon will check your vision and continue to monitor healing. Most sensitivity is probably fading away by now.
Three to Six Months Later
Northern Vision Eye Care is happy to say that by the time you reach the third through the sixth-month mark, your vision should be near optimal. The stability of your vision should be ideal. Still, you are going to be required to come in for an additional check-up to make sure everything is okay. You will probably not have any restrictions at this point; if any remain, it will only be a few.
Contact Us Today
If you still have questions about recovery time or anything else, we encourage you to call the experts at Northern Vision Eye Care. The eye-lovers at this eye care center are happy to put your mind at ease and want to help you see as you should. Call us today at 231.932.9000.