Laser Eye Surgery Recovery Time

17 Aug 2012

Learning More About The Laser Eye Surgery Recovery Time

The laser eye surgery recovery time is something that will vary from one patient to another and this will be influenced by factors like the patient's age, vision problem, laser intensity and many more. The good news though is that the majority of people who have undergone LASIK eye surgery will be able to see great improvements in their vision in the first 2 days. Depending on the type of refractive procedure performed and on the skill of the eye surgeon, to acquire good vision patients will need to wait between 2 and 7 days. However, people should know that a complete recovery from this type of surgery will take at least 6 months.

Short Term Laser Eye Surgery Recovery

For the day of the eye surgery, people will need to arrange transportation because they will not be allowed to drive. Following the surgery, the doctor will send the patients home with strict instructions on how important resting for the first few hours after the surgery is. It's normal that after the surgery, for a few days, patients will feel some eye pain along with weeping and irritation. In some cases, individuals will be recommended to wear a patch for the first few days or a shield over the eye, especially when sleeping. People need to avoid as much as possible rubbing their eyelids and eyes. More to that, some people will experience sensitivity to light and in the first few days, their vision can be blurry.

Generally, after forty eight hours, people will need to see their eye surgeons again. In this visit, patients will have their vision checked up and tested properly. It's not unusual for the doctor to offer some medicated eye drops in order to prevent inflammation and infection. Also, people who used contact lenses and would like to wear them during this period, they should know it's not recommended to do so, even if their vision is still blurry.

Long Term Laser Eye Recovery

The full healing time after this surgery is around 6 months and individuals need to know that during this time, they can experience some vision fluctuations that will make some confused and even scared. Talking to their eye surgeons though will calm them down and they'll be more assured that such effects are part of the healing process. To check the process of the recovery, patients will have a few follow up visits. These visits are vital for their complete recovery and vision mustn't be neglected.

In order to facilitate adequate healing, the 6 months recovery time may include a few restrictions. For instance, patients will not have to delve into high impact activities, because this may hinder healing or cause complications. All post operative instructions should be followed very well by everyone who wants to ensure their eyes will heal properly.

As people can see, the laser eye surgery recovery time is generally short in the first few days with people getting as much as 80 to 90 percent of their full vision back. However, this will improve in the coming weeks and after the 6 months interval, everyone should have a perfect vision.

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