After the Surgery

What happens after my surgery?

Immediately after your LASIK procedure is complete, you may experience some mild discomfort. Common side effects include:

  • The sensation of a foreign object in your eye
  • Tearing or watering in one or both eyes
  • Dry eyes

 
You might be offered a mild pain reliever to alleviate any discomfort after the surgery.

Naturally, it is important not to rub your eyes as they heal, which is why many doctors recommend you wear protective eye shields while you sleep. Unconscious eye-rubbing happens to all of us while we sleep, but it’s important not to rub your eyes at all, especially during those first few days.

For many LASIK patients, the most dramatic vision improvement occurs during those first few days of the recovery process. The rate of healing depends on several factors, including genetics and the complexity of your procedure, but you can usually expect impressive results early on.

Instructions after your LASIK procedure

When returning to work and your normal daily activities after your LASIK procedure, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions. We recommend:

  • Waiting for at least one day to drive
  • Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Moderating your reading time for the first few days after surgery
  • Avoiding eye makeup for at least a week
  • Avoiding exercise for at least a week
  • Avoiding swimming and hot tubs for at least a week
  • Avoiding dusty areas like your garden for at least a week
  • Avoiding contact sports for at least a month



Depending on the nature of your procedure and your condition, your restrictions may be more or less, which is why it is so important to listen to your doctor. At Bense Vision, we are with you from the initial consultation all the way through the recovery process, so we know exactly what you need for a full and speedy recovery.

Learn more about Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK.