How to Care For Your Eyes After LASIK Surgery?

After Lasik Surgery

LASIK surgery is usually painless because the corneal nerves are temporarily disrupted. Immediately afterward, you may have a slight foreign body sensation from the edge of the flap that was created by the surgery. This quickly improves as the flap seals.

Do not rub your eye since this could displace the flap. You will be given sunglasses and protective goggles for nighttime use.

Most patients are given a mild sedative pill before surgery, which allows them to sleep after the procedure. Antibiotic drops and other drops are given at the end of surgery and should be continued at home.

Patients are re-evaluated the next day. Most patients have a dramatic improvement in vision in less than 24 hours, but it may take several weeks to obtain the best vision if there is extreme farsightedness or nearsightedness.

Some patients develop a small hemorrhage, which may look like a bright red spot, on the white part of the eye due to the application of the suction ring to stabilize the cornea. While this may look alarming, it is harmless and will disappear in a few days.

Continue your eye drops as instructed by your surgeon.

You can resume normal activities the next day. We recommend avoiding swimming and hot tubs for about 10 days. Patients participating in contact sports should wear protective lenses to avoid accidental trauma.

UofL Physicians – Eye Specialists provides LASIK corrective eye surgery. Your safe recovery is of the utmost importance and our physicians will treat you with the care you need. In addition, your surgeon will answer any questions you may have before and after your procedure. Call 502-259-6277 to schedule your initial, free LASIK consultation visit.

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Article by: Richard A. Eiferman, M.D.

Richard A. Eiferman, M.D., is a clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Eiferman’s specialties include LASIK eye surgery, cornea and refractive surgery. He received his medical degree and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Eiferman completed his fellowship in cornea/external disease at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

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