Recovery Period After Lasik Surgery
LASIK or Laser eye surgery, also known as laser vision correction, is basically a form of refractive surgery wherein the surgeon reshapes the cornea, improving the vision in the near-term by cutting a microscopic flap at the front surface. This reduces the size of the excimer laser, thus allowing for more powerful light penetration. This procedure can be used on any level of visual defect or eye imperfection and has been approved by the FDA for non-surgical treatments. The flap that is created is made by the excimer laser, which excites the cells that line the cornea, in order to correct refractory astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism, among others. In this procedure, the surgeon cuts a small flap at the front of the cornea, creating a “sclera” which is then smoothed out.
Following the procedure, your surgeon may feel a prickly sensation, but this sensation will not be painful and you will only feel moderate discomfort during the initial few days post-surgery. You will also be given an eye examination and a prescription for a prescribed antibiotic and ointment. Some patients experience slight dryness of the eyes and a tendency to have some redness or itching for a couple of weeks following their last surgery. These side effects are generally mild and transient and are easily treated with over-the-counter medications.
After laser surgery, you will be given specific instructions that will help you adjust to your new eyesight. These instructions will include the use of eye drops and other informational materials. You will also be given information on how to care for your eyes to avoid any post-operative complications. Most lasik patients find that their vision improves immediately following their procedure, although the degree of improvement will vary from patient to patient. With proper care and follow-up after lasik surgery, most patients can expect excellent results.