Young lovely woman dripping eyes at home

Recovery time after LASIK is usually very quick.  Most patients are able to drive themselves to their 1-day post-op appointment.  Some patients are comfortable to return to work the following day.

The day of your surgery, you will need to keep your eyes closed after the procedure. Have a quiet restful day.  For some patients this can be a challenge, so be prepared…have an audiobook or music selection ready, listen to sporting event, or just go home and take a nap.

You will start using your prescription drops on the day of your surgery. It is best to wait 5 minutes between drops so your eyes can absorb each medication.  Sleeping in your eye shields for the first week will help protect your eyes. You should also refrain from wearing eye makeup, as well as swimming, sauna and hot tub activities for one week.  If you want to exercise the first few days following the procedure, take it a little slower…you have just had eye surgery!

While your distance vision may be good enough to drive the next day, it may take a little longer for your near vision to become clear.  If you work on the computer all day, you may find the day after surgery a little challenging.  You should schedule LASIK when you have some downtime at work or school. You wouldn’t want to have the procedure when you have a big project or business trip planned, and you wouldn’t want to schedule it around mid-terms or finals!

Once the surgery is done, how you take care of your eyes is important to helping you achieve your best visual outcome.  LASIK will make your eyes drier.  This dryness may last for a few weeks, a few months, or in rare cases, be permanent.

There are three things you need to help your eyes heal:

  • Artificial Tears
  • Artificial Tears
  • Artificial Tears

It is also important to be sure not to rub your eyes for the first 6 months after surgery. Although the LASIK flap is secure after about a week, it is important to NOT rub your eyes. If your eyes feel irritated, use more artificial tears.  If your eyes feel sticky when you wake up in the morning, dab gently with a warm washcloth.