So you have decided to invest in yourself and have LASIK surgery — congratulations! As the technology has continued to improve over the last 20 years, many people have reaped the many benefits LASIK in Los Angeles has to offer.
Most people who come to us interested in LASIK are concerned about what will happen during the surgery. They want to know what the surgery will be like, what medication they will be given, and whether or not they will feel pain. But we would like to talk about what you can expect after surgery when you are home recovering.
So let’s look at what you can expect after LASIK surgery and what you should avoid doing.
What to Expect After LASIK Surgery
The biggest thing you should expect is that your eyes will be sore after surgery. Almost all of our patients experience some kind of discomfort after LASIK. A burning sensation and extreme sensitivity to light are the most common complaints.
Your eyes may become dry and the whites of your eyes may look red for several days. That is completely normal. You can use eye drops to minimize any discomfort.
And visual fluctuations after LASIK are completely normal. They will subside eventually and your vision will stabilize but it may take several months for this to happen.
What You Should Avoid Doing After LASIK Surgery
Fortunately, LASIK surgery is a pretty simple procedure but it is surgery so there are some precautions you must take. Avoid putting on any makeup for at least a week.
Wearing an eye shield at night will protect your eyes and keep you from unknowingly rubbing them. And try to stay away from dust or any other things that may irritate your eyes.
Be sure to schedule a follow-up visit with your Los Angeles LASIK surgeon after surgery. Your doctor will monitor your recovery process, ask about any symptoms you are experiencing, and be on the lookout for any potential problems.