Lasik surgery is a procedure that takes less than 15 minutes for both eyes but needs proper post-operative care. Almost all the patients may feel some or all of the following symptoms after the procedure:
- Irritation, burning or itching sensation in the operated eye
- Feel as if there is something in the eye
- Frequent watering or excessive tearing of eyes
- Blurry or hazy vision
- Increased discomfort
- Mild to moderate degree of pain
- Bright light sensitivity
- Seeing starbursts or halos all around
- Reddened or bloodshot eyes
Almost all of these symptoms fade away in the first few days of the surgery. But it is important for you (the patient) to take care of the following guidelines given by the LASIK surgeon:
- Don’t rub your eyes as rubbing can dislocate the corneal flap.
- Instill artificial tears, antibiotic drops and anti-inflammatory drops (steroids) in the eyes as advised.
- Rest with your eyes closed to relieve discomfort.
- Take pain relieving medicine like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen/Paracetamol in case of unbearable pain.
- Lotions, creams, makeup, and perfumes are best avoided.
- Adhere to the post operative follow up schedule given to you at the time of discharge. The schedule usually is day 1,day 7 and day 30 after LASIK surgery,followed by a 6 month and a one year check.
All the instructions should be followed till the time you feel completely relieved and good vision is achieved. Although your surgeon will schedule the first post-operative visit within first 24 hours after surgery, in case these symptoms persist or become worse, it is best to consult the doctor immediately.
On all post-operative visits,the surgeon will check the vision and will also examine the eyes for any kind of complication. Patient is advised to continue the use of artificial tears, antibiotics and steroid drops.
When will vision improve after the procedure?
For most of the patients, vision improves immediately or generally stabilizes and starts to become clearer within first few days after surgery. Vision will keep on improving for the next few days though in very rare cases it may take several weeks or longer.
In some cases, vision may continue to change/fluctuate over the first couple of months after surgery and may take three to six months for complete stabilization of vision.
In addition to vision, other symptoms like glare or halos may continue during thes time the vision stabilizes. Sometimes, additional treatments, or enhancements, may be needed after surgery to improve the vision.