Typical LASIK Recovery Timeline

El Paso LASIK Recovery Timeline


Oct 9, 2014 @ 10:00 AM — by Paul S. Gulbas, M.D
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

Close-up of a woman’s bright blue eyes after LASIK recoveryAt El Paso Eye Surgeons, we offer more than just world-class LASIK and other advanced vision correction procedures. We also offer patient education from some of the most experienced, trusted, and highly esteemed eye doctors in the nation. Dr. Paul S. Gulbas and Dr. Mark J. Gallardo believe that the best patients are those who fully understand the procedures that they are about to undergo, which is why they devote the time necessary to explaining those procedures and addressing any and all questions and concerns that arise during consultations. They want their patients to make the most informed and confident choices possible regarding their eye care.

During consultations at our state-of-the-art laser vision correction center in El Paso, the LASIK recovery timeline is just one of many topics our doctors discuss with prospective LASIK patients prior to surgery. Drs. Gulbas and Gallardo feel that it is extremely important that patients know precisely what to expect before, during, and after surgery. While specific timelines vary from patient to patient based on multiple variables, there is a general timeline that will give you a very basic idea of what to expect.

Immediately after LASIK Surgery

You will rest in our office for a few minutes after your surgery, after which you will be discharged into the care of the person you have arranged to drive you home from our center. Please note that you will not be allowed to drive immediately after surgery, so you will have to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

Within approximately 30 minutes of your surgery, the numbing effects of your eye drops will begin to wear off, and you will notice a slight itching or burning sensation in your eyes. It is extremely important that you do not rub or scratch your eyes as doing so could cause your corneal flap to become dislodged. You will be provided with a protective eye shield to prevent you from rubbing your eyes, especially when you are sleeping, as well as antibiotic eye drops, which will help to lubricate your eyes and minimize the risk of infection.

Some patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision, while others may experience blurry vision for a few hours after surgery.

The First Few Days after Surgery

At some point during the first 48 hours after your surgery, you will return to our office for a follow-up appointment, during which we will confirm that your eyes are healing properly and that there are no obvious post-surgical complications. You will probably be able to return to work during this time, as well. While you may experience some watering of the eyes, any burning sensation should begin to subside, and clarity should begin to return to your vision.

Three to Six Months after LASIK

Most patients require between three and six months to heal fully from LASIK. During this time, you should be able to return to your full range of activities, including exercise and more strenuous routines. You will also achieve your optimal post-surgical visual acuity. In rare cases, further surgery may be necessary to “fine tune” vision; however, the vast majority of patients are pleased with their results.

Contact Our Laser Vision Correction Center Today

To find out what your specific LASIK recovery timeline will entail, contact El Paso Eye Surgeons today.