Post LASIK Care
While it sounds easy to “laser” eyes to improve vision, it’s a very complex process using remarkably sophisticated technology. Physicians with years of training and experience are needed to deliver the best result each and every time a person is placed under the laser. It is not like grinding a lens for your glasses or fitting a contact lens on your eye. We are attempting to laser tissue on the surface of your eye and create sharp vision that will last many years.
Do not move your LASIK flap! It takes many months for the flap to adhere tightly to the surface of the eye. Wear your shield at night and anytime you take a nap for 5 days.
Take you eye drops as instructed! They are very important.
It is common to experience blurred vision, mild discomfort, and light sensitivity for 2 to 3 days after surgery. You may use artificial tears, Motrin, Aleve, Tylenol or Aspirin as needed
Small hemorrhages may be present in the whites of your eye that will clear in 1 to 2 weeks. No treatment is required.
The vast majority of patients are back to normal activities the day after surgery. This includes most jobs, non-contact sports and travel. You can fly but take your artificial tears on board in case the eyes get dry.
Avoid dusty environments and water sports for 2 days after LASIK. Do not wear swim googles for a week since they can be displaced and move the flap. SCUBA diving is off limits for 2 weeks.
It is normal for the eyes to feel dry for 6 months after surgery. Use artificial tears 4 to 6 times a day as needed.
Finally, give the brain 6 months to adapt to your new vision. Visual artifacts such as glare, haloes, and starbursts are common especially at night. If this is a persistent problem, please discuss it with Dr. Wilmarth.