LASIK surgery is quick, often taking as little as 15 minutes. One eye will be covered while the other eye is treated. You’ll be asked to focus on a light and stay still. It shouldn’t be painful, but it may be disconcerting because you’re awake during surgery with your eyes taped open. Hands and instruments come near your eyes, and you know that you are being cut into. In these circumstances, it’s normal to feel that you want to close your eyes. You also might want to move your hands to your face, so you may be offered something to hold, such as a stuffed toy to keep your hands busy. Remind yourself that in a very short time, it’ll all be behind you and by tomorrow, you’ll be seeing the world a whole lot better.
You may be able to see better immediately after your LASIK surgery, but at least until the next morning, you’ll need to wear eye shields. These stop you from touching your eyes, and allow you to see just a bit through the holes in the shields. You won’t be walking into walls, but you won’t be able to drive yourself home. You’ll need to use rewetting drops to keep the eye moist during the day, and a moisturizing gel for the night. You’ll also be given antibiotic drops to stop any potential infection. Your eyes may be a little red and irritated, and your sight may be blurry even when you take the shields off in the morning. You could be especially sensitive to light; this is perfectly normal. In any case, you should be seeing the ophthalmologist the day after surgery, so discuss any irregularities with him or her.
Your first post-LASIK checkup will be the day after your surgery. You’ll be given a vision test, and may well already be feeling a significant improvement. Your vision may fluctuate a bit over the coming months, but regular visits to the doctor will ascertain that everything is still in the normal range. You’ll have return check-ups after a week, a month, three months, six months and a year after surgery.
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