If you have decided to undergo laser eye surgery, you probably dream of the day you can see the world with crystal-clear vision. But before you can enjoy all of the benefits of surgery, your eyes need to recover.
The recovery from laser eye surgery is relatively quick, and visual improvement is usually rapid. Within a few days of surgery, you should be able to see clearly enough to resume work and most of your daily activities.
Knowing what to expect after laser eye surgery can make the process go smoothly. Take a moment to learn about laser eye surgery recovery from Dr Joshua Hann of Eastside Eye Specialist Care.
Do not feel discouraged if your vision is not perfect or your eyes feel normal right after laser eye surgery. You may experience any of the following aftereffects in the days immediately following surgery:
- Burning or itchy eyes
- A sensation that something is stuck in your eyes
- Mild discomfort
- Hazy or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Starbursts or haloes around lights
Luckily, these aftereffects are only temporary and should subside quickly. If you experience severe pain, or notice aftereffects worsening instead of improving, contact Dr Hann promptly for evaluation.
Special Precautions to Take
Taking special precautions after laser eye surgery ensures your eyes heal properly and you avoid an injury or infection.
Attend your follow-up visits
Within the first day or two of your laser eye surgery, you will have a follow-up visit scheduled with Dr Hann. During the appointment, he will examine your eyes and test your vision, and advise when it is safe for you to resume activities such as exercise and sports. The follow-up visit is a good opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you have.
Use eyedrops as instructed
Dr Hann will give you eyedrops to use at specific intervals during your recovery to reduce the risk of infection and inflammation. He may also recommend you use artificial tears to keep your eyes moist and comfortable.
Avoid rubbing your eyes
It is important that you refrain from rubbing or pressing on your eyes for about one week after surgery, to avoid injuring the healing tissues.
Avoid getting water or sweat in your eyes
You can bathe or shower after surgery, as long as you take care not to get water in your eyes for approximately one week. Once Dr Hann clears you to resume exercise, be careful not to let sweat run into your eyes. You may be asked to avoid swimming or going in hot tubs for up to a month or more.
For more information about recovering from laser eye surgery, please contact Dr Hann and our team today.