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LASIK Recovery Time: The First Day

November 2014 by Dr Nita Shah

Many choose Lasik for their Laser eye surgery specifically because it tends to have a very fast visual recovery.

I have performed LASIK for over 16 years and have helped thousands through their LASIK recovery.

LASIK Recovery

LASIK Recovery

As you sit up from the Laser after completing LASIK, you will notice that your vision is already much better than when you entered the room but it is still blurry, as though you have put on the right glasses but they needed to defrost kind of blurry.

Protective glasses were put to cover my eyes to prevent me from accidentally bumping my eyes and, after a brief recovery time,you can head home.

Pain after LASIK

Pain after LASIK?

There is no pain.

About ten minutes later the numbing wears off and your eyes feel some irritation that lasts for two hours. The level of irritation felt the same as my eyes have felt on on a day where you have some soap on your fingers when you put in contact lenses.

This level of irritation is probably what you would experience with your LASIK since it is quite typical. Rarely, the first two hours are more intense. We provide some comfort drops for you, but most dont need them at all. Many just let the relaxing pill we prescribe help them take a nap during that time so they dont have to worry about it either way.

Vision after LASIK

Vision after LASIK

You may take a nap for a couple hours after LASIK and when you get up vision would be much clearer. That same thing happened again later that night and by morning you will get up to a NEW WORLD.

Imagine waking up at that morning, seeing the clock, rolling back over to go back to sleep, and then sitting up in bed and thinking, Wow! I can see the clock! That occasions a prayer of thanks for the miracle of vision.

Morning after LASIK

The Morning after LASIK and the Rest of Your Life

The next morning come for the follow up appointment. Use the prescribed eye drops for a week and add some artificial tears for the first month or so for intermittent dry eye.

You will love your eyes and the freedom from glasses that LASIK gives. Your individual LASIK recovery will vary, but my experience is typical with most patients. To learn more about the first few weeks after LASIK please see my post, What to expect after LASIK–The first month.

If I can answer any other questions, please schedule a time to meet with me about your personal LASIK eye procedure.

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