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If you have a LASIK vision correction surgery coming up, it’s important to get all the facts about the healing process. Recovery from LASIK does involve some restrictions, and being aware of these restrictions is essential to achieving a positive outcome.

For your LASIK recovery process, check out our guide below, and talk to our McAllen ophthalmologists today if you have any questions about what to expect.

LASIK Side Effects: When Should You See a Doctor

Before we begin to discuss the potential side effects and complications of LASIK eye surgery, it’s important to keep a few things in mind: first, the vast majority, more than 99%, of LASIK surgeries do not lead to complications. Second, most side effects experienced after laser eye surgery are a normal part of healing and will go away on their own in several months. Medicated eye drops may be prescribed to help alleviate these effects.

Below you can read about LASIK side effects and possible complications.

Normal, Temporary Side Effects

  • Glares
  • Dry eye
  • Halos
  • Starbursts
  • Double vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Mildly blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity

Signs You Should Contact Your Eye Doctor

  • Severe pain
  • Excessive watering
  • Discomfort
  • Severely blurred vision
  • Worsening vision

What Should I Avoid After LASIK Vision Surgery?

LASIK is a type of refractive surgery or vision correction surgery that involves cutting a flap from your eye before using light energy to reshape your eye. The flap that is created will need to fully heal after the procedure, and certain activities and behaviors can jeopardize that recovery.

When Can I Rub My Eyes After LASIK?

The biggest “no-no” after LASIK vision correction is rubbing or scratching your eyes. Rubbing your eyes can dislodge the flap made during your surgery, potentially leading to complications. In general, we recommend avoiding rubbing your eyes for at least the first two weeks after your procedure.

When Can I Drive After LASIK?

Another activity that is a bad idea after LASIK is driving. Rather than putting your recovery at risk, driving after LASIK can put your overall safety at risk as your vision may be partially impaired. Usually, patients can return to driving within a day or a few days of surgery. Your LASIK surgeon will let you know when it’s safe for you to drive again.

When Can I Shower After LASIK?

Showering after LASIK can also be a bit risky due to the potential to get abrasive substances in your eyes. You don’t need to avoid showering after LASIK, but you should take extra care to make sure that no water, soap, or shampoo gets in your eyes.

When Can I Use a Computer After LASIK?

When we use a computer or stare at a smartphone, our eyes are working hard, and we usually don’t blink as often. Both of these factors can put your healing at risk after LASIK surgery. For best results, avoid screen usage for at least the first 24 hours after LASIK.

When Can I Exercise After LASIK?

When we exercise, parts of our body can be put under strain, and we may also accidentally rub our eyes while exercising heavily. Contact sports can be particularly risky for LASIK patients. Because of this, we recommend avoiding exercise for at least the first week after surgery. 

When Can I Wear Makeup After LASIK?

Putting on eye makeup involves not only touching the eyelids but also applying potentially irritating substances to them. Wearing makeup after LASIK can put your recovery at risk. You should avoid makeup for at least a week after surgery to ensure the best possible conditions for your recovery.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From LASIK?

If you’ve been following along, you might be a little confused at this point as to how long it takes to recover from LASIK. Rather than being one simple answer, LASIK recovery comes in stages. Within the first few days, the worst of your vision side effects should fade, and your doctor should give you permission to return to driving. In about a week, recovery will be well underway, and you can return to things like exercising and wearing makeup.

However, full recovery from LASIK usually takes a bit longer. You can expect to see optimal results from your surgery in about 3 to 6 months after your surgery. In some rare cases, it may take up to a year for the minor vision side-effects of LASIK surgery to fully fade. Even with full effects, some use of contact lenses or glasses may still be needed for those with severe vision issues.

Correct Your Vision with LASIK Surgery at Gelman Vision

Clear vision is a big part of optimal eye health, and you have options if you want to improve your vision. LASIK surgery is one powerful tool eye doctors use to correct vision, but there are other options if a LASIK procedure doesn’t sound right for you.

If you want to see more clearly, come see a McAllen ophthalmologist at Gelman Vision. We can help you find the right refractive eye surgery for your needs.

Start seeing more clearly with LASIK vision correction surgery. Reach out to your McAllen ophthalmologist to schedule your procedure.

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