As LASIK technology has improved, so has the post-operative recovery process. While some patients face the initial concern that laser eye surgery will leave them recuperating for months, the reality is that the vast majority of patients experience improved vision within one or two days after their laser vision correction procedure. While the estimated time period for full recovery varies depending on the patient, the corneal surface will typically heal within 24 hours. With the help of painkillers and rest, minor discomfort experienced following surgery can be easily managed. There are also additional factors that can ensure a successful, comfortable and quick healing process.
After LASIK surgery, follow these five tips to aid in a successful recovery:
- Patients are advised to avoid any activities that may cause frequent touching, rubbing or poking of the eyes. Rubbing the eye can disrupt the healing process following LASIK surgery. It is advised that patients close their eyes and rest after surgery. If a patient is someone who unconsciously rubs their eyes while sleeping, a protective eye shield may be required to protect eyes from inadvertent aggravation, such as rubbing or scratching.
- Wait one to three days before resuming exercise and non-contact sports. Patients may also need to consult with an eye surgeon about when to resume high impact activity and contact sports.
- Use the medicated eye drops for one to two weeks following surgery. These drops will help promote a comfortable recovery and ensure eyes are well lubricated throughout the healing process.
- A life of swimming without having to worry about blurred vision is just around the corner. However, spas, pools, hot tubs and tanning beds should be avoided for a few weeks to up to one month after a LASIK procedure.
- One of the most important steps for a healthy recovery is attending post-operative follow-up examinations. In these appointments, Dr. Kugler will evaluate a patient’s recovery, vision, and results.
Lance Kugler, MD is the Founder and Physician CEO of Kugler Vision in Omaha, Nebraska. Following a year of specialty training, during which he performed over 1300 refractive surgical procedures, Dr. Kugler returned to Omaha to bring the latest state-of-the-art LASIK and cataract surgery technology to Nebraska. Dr. Kugler serves as Director of Refractive Surgery for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he is in charge of resident education and research programs to advance the field of refractive surgery.