The Recovery Process after LASIK Eye Surgery

By Charles Hopkins Published 06/24/2006 | Health
Although the benefits of undergoing LASIK eye surgery are tremendous and life changing, the recovery process can be trying. The fact is that LASIK eye surgery requires a recovery period just like any other surgery, but the effects you're recovering from are a little different.

Realize that there are risk factors to LASIK eye surgery too, although through research and development, the chances if something going wrong has dropped to less than 1%.

The after effects are a lot like being pestered by a fly on a summer's day that you can't do anything about. You will experience some burning and itching of the eyes, but you simply can't scratch, rub or cool the eyes, since any touching could undo all the good of the LASIK eye surgery.

Your eyes might get very watery and tear up a lot, which can cause blurry vision, but once again, you should not touch your eyes under any circumstances. On the flipside, your eyes may become dry and bloodshot, and taking some time off to let your eyes rest will probably be advisable. While all these effects might seem uncomfortable and even annoying, if you experience severe pain after the LASIK eye surgery, consult your doctor immediately.

You won't be able to wear contact lenses for a period of time after the LASIK eye surgery, since the contacts might cause additional irritation. Strong perfumes and lotions could also cause your eye to get irritated. It's also a good idea to avoid contact sports or extreme physical activities for several days.

After the LASIK eye surgery, you might have to use eye drops or artificial tears for a while to help with lubrication. Your doctor might also advise you to wash your eyes with water regularly to help prevent infection.

Your doctor would want to schedule several visits after the LASIK eye surgery, for up to 6 months. Within the first 2 days you should see your doctor for a post-operative exam, where he'll remove the shield and check that everything is healing the way it should.

After the LASIK eye surgery your vision may take several months to stabilize. During the recovery period some small visual impairment may occur. These symptoms can include halos or glare due to the healing process, but if it persists after several months, you should contact your doctor.

After all that, just imagine how much you'll appreciate the improvement in your vision thanks to the LASIK eye surgery!
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