Know What to Expect During LASIK Recovery
LASIK surgery can achieve wonderful results that many patients begin to notice immediately following surgery. The full effects of your refractive procedure will begin to develop over the weeks and months following LASIK. During this time, you should carefully follow aftercare instructions provided by your eye doctor. This will ensure your comfort and optimal results. At Broberg Eye Care, Drs. Peter Broberg, Halsey Settle, William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra have extensive experience performing LASIK surgery. We will help prepare you for your surgery and educate you on what to expect in the period following your appointment. Concerns about recovery are some of the most frequently asked questions at our office. To learn more about what to expect during LASIK recovery, contact Broberg Eye Care's Austin, TX, or Lockhart, TX, office today.
The Day of Your Procedure
LASIK is an exceptionally precise refractive surgery. The procedure can reshape your cornea to correct the way that it focuses light entering your eye. Patients who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are all considered potential candidates. We offer blade-free LASIK, as well as Wavefront LASIK. These all-laser LASIK techniques use targeted maps of the eye and naturally reduce healing time.
To begin the LASIK procedure, your surgeon will use a fine blade or laser to create a flap on the surface of your cornea. Next, a second type of laser will be used to reshape your cornea. Lastly, the corneal flap will be replaced. After surgery is complete, your eyes will be sensitive to light. Your surgeon will provide you with specialized eyewear to protect your eyes before you leave our office. LASIK is performed as an outpatient procedure but you will need to plan for a friend or family member to take you home following surgery. That evening, you should rest and relax. Your surgeon will provide you with specialized eye drops to apply several times a day that will help lubricate your eyes as they heal.
Your Recovery and Aftercare
In the days following your surgery, you will notice that your eyes may become tired quickly and feel somewhat irritated. You will likely experience some light sensitivity which should clear up within a few days. During this time, you should follow a few tips:
- Do not smoke
- Use your eye drops regularly as prescribed by your surgeon
- Avoid getting water or soap near your eyes during bathing or washing your face
- Do not wear makeup, eye creams, or lotions around the eyes
- Avoid high winds or excessively dry air
- Avoid rubbing your eyes
- Be prepared to keep the time that you are looking at televisions, computer screens, and other devices to a minimum
These simple steps will ensure that your corneal flap heals properly and your eyes do not become unnecessarily irritated. You will return to our office in the weeks following surgery so that we can ensure that you are healing properly. Your vision should achieve maximum results within three months after surgery.
Contact Us to Learn More
LASIK can help you see more clearly and greatly enhance your quality of life. To learn more about what to expect during your LASIK recovery, contact Broberg Eye Care today.