What Happens After LASIK Surgery?

To help protect your cornea as it heals, your ophthalmologist may place a see-through shield over your eye, if needed, or may ask you to wear a shield at night. It is normal for your eye to have a burning sensation or feel “scratchy. ” This usually disappears in a few hours. Plan on going home and taking a nap or just relaxing after the procedure. You will be given eye drops to help the eye to heal and to alleviate dryness. Healing after LASIK is usually more comfortable than with other methods of refractive surgery because the laser removes tissue from the inside of the cornea and not from the more sensitive corneal surface.


What will my Vision be like after LASIK

It is important that anyone considering LASIK have realistic expectations. LASIK allows people to perform most of their everyday tasks without corrective lenses. However, people looking for perfect vision without glasses or contacts run the risk of being disappointed.   Over 90% of people who have LASIK achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision without glasses or contact lenses.  If the procedure results in an under or over correction, your doctor may decide to perform a second surgery, called an enhancement, to further refine the result.

LASIK can’t correct presbyopia, the age-related loss of close-up focusing power. With or without refractive surgery, almost everyone who has excellent distance vision will need reading glasses by the time they reach 40 or 50.

If 20/20 vision is essential for your job or leisure activities, consider whether 20/40 vision would be good enough for you. You should be comfortable with the possibility that you may need a second surgery or that you might need to wear glasses for certain activities, such as reading or driving at night.