Recovery from LASIK

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:48 pm
If you’re thinking of having LASIK (LAY-sick) eye surgery, you should be aware of some procedures involved in recovery. The recovery period is an important part of the overall process, and plays a large part in your final vision. Immediately after surgery, you’ll probably be able to move around, but your vision may be somewhat blurred. As soon as the anesthetic wears off, your eyes will be a little sore, watery, and light sensitive. This phase of the healing process lasts for six to eight hours until the surface of the eye heals. During this time, you should apply soothing eye drops and get plenty of rest. The doctor will also supply you with protective eye shields that should be worn during sleep for the first night or two. You should be able to return to your normal daily activities within two to four days. You may experience fluctuations in your vision from morning to night, and you can also expect to see halos around lights at night. The halos are a normal part of healing caused by swelling, and may take several weeks to resolve. Also during recovery, your eyes can feel somewhat gritty and be more sensitive to light. Painkillers, rest, and cold compresses can decrease moderate discomfort. You’ll need to go back to the doctor for several follow-up visits, and it’s very important to follow all the post-surgery recommendations.
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