How Long Does it Take to Recover From LASIK?

Published by Lance Kugler, MD on February 25, 2015

At Kugler Vision in Omaha, our patients often wonder how long they can expect to recover from LASIK. We all have busy lives: working a full time job, taking care of kids and driving them to and from school, checking our emails, and much more! You want LASIK but may be concerned about the recovery period. No need to worry, the recovery period is quick and greatly enhances the quality of your life!

LASIK Recovery

For the first few hours after LASIK, the eyes often have some mild soreness from the procedure. Lubricating eye drops and Tylenol are typically enough to counteract any discomfort. Eye drops are prescribed to all of our patients, which should be taken at the correct times listed for you on provided directions. We also provide some light goggles to help protect your eyes while you sleep, and we recommend that you use these goggles while sleeping for the first week after surgery. You vision recovers quickly.

On the day following LASIK, most patients are able to drive to Kugler Vision all by themselves for their one day exam. Most patients are able to return to work or regular activities following their one day appointment. You are able to shower after LASIK; however, it’s important to not get water in your eyes and to avoid rubbing eyes after LASIK. There is commonly a haze, or “fog” in the vision for a few days, which resolves after a few weeks. Patients return one month after their procedure for a follow-up exam.

Does LASIK Ever Need to be Repeated?

Ultimately, the results of any surgery depend upon the human body’s ability to heal, and every person heals in a slightly different way. Eyes typically stabilize around three to six months after LASIK surgery. At that time our doctors determine whether your eye has healed as predicted or if an enhancement would help.

Is LASIK Right for You?

LASIK surgery will enhance the quality of your life and is also a smart financial investment. By investing in LASIK now, rather than throwing money away for years buying glasses and contacts, patients save thousands of dollars! See your cost savings on Kugler Vision’s website. The recovery period is quick, easy, and simple. Find out if LASIK is right for you by completing our online self test today! If you have any questions that were not addressed, please visit our frequently asked questions page on Kugler Vision’s Website.


Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in LASIK and vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an Associate Professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Additionally, Dr. Kugler is proud to be a Board Certified Fellow of the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.

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