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How will my eyes feel after LASIK?

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After undergoing LASIK surgery, most patients experience the following symptoms:

  • Burning
  • Scratchy feeling
  • A feeling like something is in the eye
  • General eye irritation
  • Some blurring of vision for the first day and on occasion for a few months
  • Some night vision effects like glare of halo, which usually improve ove six to twelve months

Experiencing dry eyes depends on the individual patient. A mild dryness is normal for the up to three to six months and occurs after first waking or reading for long periods. These symptoms are typical and can generally be relieved through the use of artificial tears in the form of eye drops. If you work on a computer the majority of the time, you may experience dry eyes more than the average person. Artificial tears and more frequent breaks should help you manage these symptoms.

Continual blurred vision may occur for the first few months after surgery as your eyes begin to stabilize. During this period, you should not feel any pain or discomfort and can continue with your regular activities as soon as the day after surgery.

Your vision may take up to six months to stabilize. Some patients find that it takes several months for the night vision to improve. Your doctor should advise you what to expect in the first few days and months following surgery.

Most patients never experience any complications after undergoing LASIK eye surgery, although it is possible. The key to a quick and healthy recovery is to follow all of your eye surgeon’s directions completely before, during and after your procedure. You should be sure to ask your surgeon any questions you may have before and after LASIK.

You will be monitored regularly by your doctor to be sure no complications are developing in your eyes as a result of your LASIK surgery. To learn more about LASIK and other eye surgery procedures, please contact Western Laser Eye Associates to book a free consultation.