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After LASIK: What Recovery Looks Like

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My LASIK Recovery Process

LASIK is a popular procedure, with minimal pain and quick results, but some people wonder what happens after LASIK. Recovery from LASIK is not a particularly difficult process, and the results are nearly immediate. Here are some facts about what happens after the procedure:

  • You will not have stitches in your eye. You probably already know this, but just in case, we thought we would let you know. You will have a shield over your eye, primarily to keep you from rubbing it when it itches.
  • Your eye might itch. Immediately following LASIK, it may itch, burn, or feel like there is something in it. It is vitally important that you do not rub it, because that could dislodge the flap and require you to undergo further surgery. If you experience pain, your doctor will suggest a mild pain reliever.
  • You will need to protect your eye for a few weeks. This means no eye makeup for at least two weeks, no strenuous or contact sports for four weeks, and no swimming, whirlpool, or hot tub for eight weeks. It is not necessary to wear your eye shield during the day, but you should wear it at night for the first month.
  • You will probably experience sensitivity to light. In the first few days after surgery, you may have a problem with glare, haloes around lights, or starbursts. The whites of your eyes may look red or bloodshot. It is a good idea to take a few days off work until these symptoms subside because you should see a vast improvement within a few days.
  • None of these symptoms should be serious. If you experience severe pain, or if your vision or other symptoms get worse, you should contact your doctor immediately.
  • You will be in contact with your doctor, no matter what. You will probably have a postoperative appointment within the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Then you will have appointments at regular intervals for the next six months.
  • Your vision may fluctuate for a few months. It may take up to six months for your vision to stabilize, and during this period you may still experience glare, haloes, and other visual symptoms. You may also have difficulty driving at night. Your doctor will help you to determine if you need further corrective procedures.

Of course, the first step in a successful recovery after LASIK is finding the best surgeon to perform the procedure. With over twenty years of experience, Dallas LASIK surgeon Dr. Tylock is a pioneer of LASIK surgery and the choice of over eleven thousand people as their LASIK surgeon.  The staff at Tylock-George Eye Care and Laser Center is committed to providing the highest level of care, using the most advanced technology and