LASIK surgery is a safe, effective procedure that can improve your vision and impact the quality of your life. However, most patients have some concerns about LASIK and what the experience will be like. Fears about LASIK surgery are completely normal and we believe that the best way to combat these fears is by learning what you can expect.
Here are five things you can expect either before, during, or after you have LASIK surgery:
- Mild discomfort
One of the biggest questions most people have about LASIK is, “Will it hurt?” Although the surgery itself is painless, some patients do report feeling pressure during the procedure. After the surgery is over, you should expect to experience a burning or itchy feeling in your eyes. It will be important to give your eyes plenty of rest and these symptoms should begin to improve almost immediately.
- Limiting your activities immediately following surgery
Although LASIK is a relatively short procedure and you can recover at home, it is still a surgery and you will need to give your eyes time to heal. Immediately after surgery eye shields will be placed over your eyes to keep you from rubbing them. You will want to avoid wearing makeup or participating in any sports or exercise as well.
- Blurry or hazy vision
Your vision will continue to improve after the surgery but it may be blurry or hazy for a couple weeks after.
- Visual fluctuations
Visual fluctuations immediately after LASIK surgery are completely normal and nothing to become alarmed by. Your corneas were reshaped during the surgery and it will take time for them to stabilize. Glares and halos from lights are also normal following surgery. Of course, you should discuss any concerns you have with your doctor.
- A post-op appointment with your doctor
After your surgery, your doctor will schedule a post-op appointment to check how you eyes are healing. You can discuss your symptoms and schedule future appointments to check on how your eyes at doing.
Dr. Feinerman makes it a priority to meet with his LASIK patients after surgery to ensure that their eyes are healing and their vision is clear. For more information, you can visit our patient testimonials to read about the many positive experiences our other patients have had. Or to find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Feinerman today.