LASIK, or laser eye surgery, is a common refractive procedure that is used to correct certain eye conditions. This type of surgery can correct astigmatism and myopia. In some cases, it can also correct other vision problems such as astigmatism and hyperopia. Generally, LASIK corrects these problems in a single surgery. After the procedure, patients can expect to see better than ever before.
After the procedure, patients should avoid a lot of physical activity and swimming for a few days. Several appointments will be needed after the procedure, and eye drops are needed to keep the cornea moist. Bleeding, glare, blurred vision, and pain may be experienced after the procedure. Some people even experience some degree of permanent vision loss following LASIK. Fortunately, the majority of LASIK complications are mild or temporary, and most patients experience no negative side effects. In some cases, vision loss may occur as a result of the procedure, but the results are permanent.
The recovery from LASIK is relatively fast. A patient can return to their normal activities within a few days, and the surgery is usually an outpatient procedure. Some patients may require glasses for a couple of weeks or even a few months, but the vast majority see dramatic improvement within a few months. During the first few days after the surgery, patients should refrain from playing sports and wearing makeup around their eyes. During this period, they should avoid playing contact sports, but their vision will be better than before.