After LASIK…

LASIK eye surgery lasts about 15 minutes. Today let’s talk about what happens and how it feels after these 15 minutes, let’s try to find out what is after LASIK.


What to expect after LASIK?

It’s very important to have realistic expectations about LASIK eye surgery. Every year approximately 100,000 people suffering from eye refractive errors choose LASIK to get rid of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Patients expect to have 20/20 vision after the surgery and forget about their eye glasses or contacts. It really happens to most of them. About 90% of people receive 20/20 or 20/40 vision after LASIK. But still, there is a small percentage of patients who might need to wear glasses for certain activities like driving at night or reading even after LASIK. You should be aware of it. Some might need to have one more surgery to achieve the results they want.

Life after LASIK changes for the better for many people. Most of those who did LASIK say that they look at the world with different eyes. Now they can do sports, their favorite activities, drive and read and never think about glasses. It gives them a certain level of freedom in everyday life.


Vision after LASIK

Vision after LASIK surgery, if the operation went right, will definitely improve and as mentioned above, about 90% of patients will receive 20/20 or 20/40 vision after LASIK. Keep in mind that it may take three to six months after LASIK though for the improvements in a person’s vision to fully stabilize and any LASIK side effects to go away.

Right after LASIK eye surgery a patient usually experience some discomfort in his/her eyes and the vision might be a bit blurry. You need someone to drive you home after LASIK. In about a week or so the vast majority of patients receive 20/20 vision.


Recovery after LASIK

LASIK recovery may vary a lot from one patient to the other and can be divided into several periods that are described in detail in “LASIK Recovery Time” article on LASIK blog.

Most of patients are able to socialize, work and drive in one to three days after LASIK. Patients’ vision improves day by day but full LASIK recovery may take up to six months.


After LASIK care

Eye care after LASIK:

Eye doctor usually prescribes some antibiotics to prevent infection, eye drops are given to moist the eyes. Eye doctor gives detailed oral or written instructions.

Restrictions right after LASIK:

  • No driving
  • No makeup
  • No eye rubbing
  • No reading
  • No TV or computer
  • No ceiling fan

Active sports, hot tubs, sauna or swimming are not allowed right after LASIK as well. As the healing process continues the patient can get back to these activities.


What to do after LASIK?

Swimming after LASIK

It’s better to exclude swimming from your activities for about a week or two after the surgery to avoid any damage of the eye or infection. As the recovery process continues, the patient gets back to his normal life style.

Flying after LASIK

Air travelling is ok after LASIK. It’s better to avoid flying for the first two days after LASIK though.

Makeup after LASIK

Eye makeup after LASIK is restricted on the day of surgery. It’s better to avoid makeup for at least a week after LASIK as well for the following reasons:

  • you don’t want any makeup particles get under the LASIK flap;
  • you don’t want to accidentally injure the flap with a make-up applicator;
  • you want to reduce the possibility of infection from contaminated make-up.

Alcohol after LASIK

Please, avoid alcohol consumption for at least 48 hours after LASIK surgery. We all know that alcohol is bad for your health in general but talking specifically about LASIK eye surgery, most likely you won’t be allowed to drink alcohol due to the medicines you are going to take after the operation. Please, ask your ophthalmologist about when exactly you may drink alcohol.

Computer after LASIK

It is restricted on the day of eye surgery. In a couple of days or a week you can use laptop or watch TV, just make sure that the lighting is enough and your healing process goes well.

Exercise after LASIK

Active sports are prohibited right after LASIK eye surgery.


Problems after LASIK

As any surgery LASIK has its risks, side effects and possible complications. Below you can find a list of some LASIK problems that a patient might face:

  • dry eyes after LASIK is the most common complication. Treatment is generally symptomatic and supportive. More about dryness after LASIK in “LASIK Problems” article;
  • keratectasia after LASIK might appear even after 1 week, several months or years after successful LASIK;
  • cloudy vision after LASIK;
  • blurred vision after LASIK is usual for most patients just right after the surgery, it will go away in a day, rarely two;
  • headaches after LASIK are experienced  by a small amount of patients;
  • regression after LASIK;
  • halos after LASIK;
  • glare after LASIK experience about 20% of patients;
  • double vision after LASIK;
  • hazy vision or haziness after LASIK;
  • red eyes after LASIK usually get back to normal very soon after the operation;
  • light sensitivity after LASIK;
  • inflammation after LASIK might be the case if asepsis or antisepsis rules have been broken by medical staff of clinic;
  • bloodshot eyes after LASIK;
  • floaters after LASIK;
  • pain after LASIK is a very rare complain.

Detailed description of LASIK problems, risks and side effects is here.


Contacts after LASIK

Usually patients receive 20/20 or 20/40 vision after the eye surgery and they don’t need to wear contacts after LASIK. Still a very small percentage of patients need to use contact lenses after LASIK for certain activities like reading or driving at night.


Now you have an idea on what you can and con not do after LASIK. Anyway, any questions you might have, please, always address to your ophthalmologist since he is the only person who has your medical exams, who have seen your eyes, done your surgery and is responsible for your future eye health.

2 Responses to “After LASIK…”

  • my eyes! my eyes!

    Great post! I myself had lasik surgery about four years ago. It was definitely painful at first, but I couldn’t imagine life now without being able to see so clearly. Keep up the great work on this blog!

  • Samir Shah

    I think when you mention all the LASIK complications, perhaps you could also give a statistical analysis of how likely they are. You don’t want to terrorize patients with visions of grotesque outcomes, without mentioning how rare they are

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