How long does it take to recover from LASIK surgery?

This laser vision correction method is one of the most popular forms of vision correction. Not only is LASIK eye surgery a highly effective vision correction and relatively fast procedure, but the LASIK recovery time is also quick. The recovery period varies from patient to patient. Immediate recovery lasts for about 24 hours, allowing most patients to drive or return to some normal activities the next day. However, your eyes will continue the healing process and improve in the weeks and months following your surgery. Some patients experience blurry vision for several weeks after laser eye surgery.

Like all procedures, proper after-care can facilitate recoveryAfter your corrective eye surgery, you should utilize the eye drops given to you by the LASIK surgeons in Arizona. These drops lubricate your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation while encouraging timely healing. Other than dry eyes, some patients may also experience occasional unclear or blurred vision and pain or discomfort after the LASIK procedure, which is a normal response and will go away over time. Most patients are able to perform daily activities without being fully dependent on glasses or contact lenses.

Your Swagel Wootton Eye surgeon will conduct periodic check-ups to monitor your recovery beginning the day after your surgery. During this initial call, they will see how you are feeling and whether you have any questions. The pre-scheduled visits that follow will ensure your eyes are healing according to schedule. These follow-up appointments are covered in the total price of your LASIK eye surgery and are of no extra cost to you.

If you are still experiencing vision disruptions three to six months after your initial surgery, your LASIK eye surgeon may recommend a LASIK enhancement procedure to provide more clarity. Even in rare cases like these, the cost of this follow-up procedure is offered free of charge. If you have more questions about this process, one of our eye care specialists will provide additional information at your free consultation.

LASIK eye surgery patient happily recovered and spending time with partner and dog LASIK eye surgery patient enjoying time spent with their partner and dog

Helping your eyes heal from LASIK

Your eyes will experience light sensitivity and other temporary side effects in the days and even weeks following LASIK eye surgery. There are certain precautions you should take to protect your eyes and avoid infection during the recovery process, including:

  • Avoid rubbing or bumping your eyes after surgery as it can dislodge the corneal flap or lead to infection
  • Wear sunglasses or protective goggles to stop debris, dust, smoke and excessive light from hitting your eyes
  • Do not apply eye cream or eye makeup for at least a week following vision correction surgery. Additionally, keep cleansers, shampoos, and other chemicals out of the eyes during showers.
  • Limit all exercise and non-contact sports for a week after your surgery, and refrain from all intense contact sports for a full month.
  • Steer clear of hot tubs, swimming pools, and the beach for at least a week after LASIK eye surgery.

Your Swagel Wootton Eye Institute surgeon will also provide a custom LASIK surgery recovery plan that you should follow in addition to the above steps to aid in proper healing.

Arizona LASIK eye surgery patient happily eating donuts with her daughter Happy LASIK eye care patient eating donuts with daughter

What Swagel Wootton Eye Institute Patients Have to Say

Want to learn more about the LASIK experience? Read real-life reviews from our patients about how the Swagel Wootton Eye Institute LASIK surgeons in Arizona helped them reach their vision goals. Or, see for yourself by scheduling a free consultation with an eye doctor today.