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The LASIK Recovery Timeline

Recovery after LASIK is relatively short, typically lasting a few days to one week. During this time, you should notice significant improvement in vision, which should reach optimal clarity within one to three months of surgery. While downtime is minimal, it is critical to take proper precautions immediately after the procedure to ensure successful healing. At Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons in West Nyack and Garnerville, NY, our surgeons can provide comprehensive instructions to reduce LASIK recovery time. We will also schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure your safety.

The Day of Your Surgery

Immediately after LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis), your doctor can examine your eye with a slit lamp to ensure the corneal flap is repositioned correctly. We may also provide you with protective shields to wear for the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery. 

After an initial observation period in our office, you will be able to return home. As your vision may be blurry, you will need to schedule a friend or loved one to drive you to and from your surgery. Typically, your eyesight will begin to sharpen within the first one to three days.

The Week after LASIK

image of person with LASIKSome patients experience little to no side effects after LASIK. However, minor symptoms may include blurriness, halos, bloodshot eyes, redness, light sensitivity, and itching. In most cases, these effects should subside within the first week, and you can resume normal activities after a few days. However, you should avoid contact sports until your eyes have fully healed, as this could dislodge the corneal flap. 

During follow-up appointments, we can ensure you are healing properly and provide you with a more accurate recovery timeline. 

It is also critical to schedule follow-up appointments after your procedure. Your first visit should take place within a week of surgery. During this time, we can ensure you are healing properly and provide you with a more accurate recovery timeline. 

The Month following Your Procedure

Usually, you will notice a significant improvement in your vision within a few hours or days of LASIK surgery. Nonetheless, it may be one to three months before your eyesight completely stabilizes. During this period, you should not rub your eyes, and you should avoid swimming pools, steam baths, and saunas. We can also provide you with eye drops to ensure your eyes remain lubricated. 

Should You Be Concerned about a Red Spot?

While we do provide medicated eye drops before surgery, there is a chance that you could develop a red spot on the white of your eye, known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage. Although it can look alarming, this spot is not cause for concern. Your conjunctiva is a thin layer of tissue covering the inside of your eyelids, as well as the white of your eye. It contains delicate blood vessels, which may break during LASIK. This should not cause discomfort or affect your vision, and it should subside within seven to 10 days.

Learn More about Treatment

Our team at Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons is committed to patient care and comfort, and can answer any and all questions you have regarding LASIK treatment, cost, and recovery. To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (845) 947-2240.

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Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons

Our board-certified and experienced physicians are dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate, and ethical ophthalmology care. Our team includes a Spanish-speaking doctor and staff and we are also members of renowned vision organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

To schedule a consultation at one of our modern locations, call us at (845) 624-4455 or request an appointment online.

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