What to Expect After LASIK Surgery
Last updated in October 2013
To ensure that the flap is not dislodged following surgery, don’t rub your eyes or allow them to get inadvertently poked—including while you sleep. For protection immediately after the procedure, place a shield over your eye or wear protective sunglasses.
You can expect improvement in your ability to see without glasses—to read an eye chart, for instance—within the first day, and many patients continue to improve for several months. During the days and months following the surgery, you can also expect the following:
- For three days—mild discomfort and pain, burning or scratchiness, tearing or watery eyes.
- For one week—sensitivity to light, hazy or blurred vision.
- For one month—dry eyes, seeing glare and halos around lights at night, and difficulty driving at night.
- For six months—fluctuations in vision before your condition finally stabilizes.
Many patients return to work the day after surgery, but others take a few days off. You should see your doctor within a day after surgery, and again within one or two weeks; then schedule regular visits for about six months after that. After the surgery, your doctor will probably give you anti-infection, anti-inflammatory, and lubricant eye drops to take home. Don’t wear contact lenses, even if your vision is blurry, without the specific approval of your doctor. You will have to restrict some activities. Your doctor will probably advise—
- No non-contact sports for about three days.
- No eye makeup for one week.
- No contact sports for one week; after one week wear eye protection.
- No swimming, whirlpool, or hot tub for at least one to two weeks.