Recovering from Laser Eye Surgery

What to do from getting out of the clinic to making a full recovery, how to care for your new eyes, what to do and expect in the first few days after laser eye surgery.

Having laser eye surgery is likely to be one of the most amazing experiences you go through in your life. To make sure you have the best recovery, we advise that you follow the post-surgery instructions you are given in clinic and you’ll be on your way to seeing the benefits of your new vision!

To care for your eyes after laser eye surgery you will be given three types of eye drops to use at home: antibiotic drops reduce your chance of picking up an infection, lubricating drops to keep the surface of your eye nice and moist, to help it heal and keep it comfortable and steroid anti-inflammatory drops to reduce any inflammation.

You will also receive clear eye shields to wear at night for the first night after surgery to protect your eyes while you sleep.

While LASIK is a routine, low-risk procedure carried out in a single day, it is important to remember that you have undergone surgery and you need to take things easy for a few days afterwards. You can start to do light exercise after about five days, and enjoy your full exercise regime again after two weeks.

You should wait two weeks before you go swimming, and you’ll need to wear goggles for swimming until four weeks after your surgery.

You can drive again whenever your vision has cleared and you feel ready. For most people, this takes a day or two.

If you like to wear eye makeup, please wait at least a week after LASIK surgery before you start using it again, particularly mascara and eyeliner.

You should be able to return to work within one to two days depending on the type of job you do. We advise you check with your surgeon to make sure.

Most clinics will see you the day after surgery, a week after surgery and then follow up with you in three to six months and a years’ time to monitor your vision.

After surgery you should be able to resume all your usual activities within a few weeks, including driving and going to work so long as you care for your eyes as advised by your surgeon and clinic.

The difference will be that you can exercise, travel, ski and wake up in the morning while seeing clearly, all without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Life will go back to normal very quickly, but it’ll be a better kind of normal than before!

If you want to learn more about laser eye surgery, you can contact our team on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 0203 369 2020 and we will happily help you get started on your vision correction journey.

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