Average LASIK Recovery Time
What is the average LASIK eye surgery recovery time? This is a very important question. After all, we are all busy and most of us do not have the luxury to put our lives on hold for very long. Fortunately, there is great news! The average LASIK recovery time is about 24 hours. This is mostly attributed to how fast the cornea heals itself. At Providence Eye & Laser Specialist, we want you to understand all the details of what to expect during LASIK recovery.
Let’s break average LASIK recovery time down into three categories:
- The first 4 hours
- The first 24 hours
- The first 12 months
LASIK Eye Surgery Recovery: The First 4 Hours
What happens during the first 4 hours after LASIK? This is really the only period of time during the LASIK recovery period that you will be a little uncomfortable. But no worries, once you finish up with your LASIK surgeon, they will typically give you a light sedative before you go home. They will then instruct you to cover your eyes with clear removable protective shields (to prevent you from rubbing your eyes), and tell you to sleep for about 4 hours. Remarkably the slight burning and itching sensation ceases at almost exactly 4 hours into your LASIK recovery time, just like someone hit the light switch!
LASIK Eye Surgery Recovery: The First 24 Hours
What happens after you wake up 4 hours later? The next 20 hours of your LASIK surgery recovery are important, as this is when your cornea is healing itself. You will feel good and likely see a significant improvement in your vision. The worse your prescription was, the more immediate improvement you will experience. At this point in your LASIK surgery recovery, you will want to just hang out, keep your eyes lubricated (always follow your surgeon’s directions regarding drops/medications) and keep your shields on, so that your eyes are protected. You can watch TV, have dinner, read a book, etc. There are some physical activity restrictions that your surgeon will explain to you. Then you will be seen for your 1st post-op appointment the day after your LASIK surgery. This is when your surgeon will check your vision and ensure that our corneas are healing properly. If necessary, they will provide any additional instructions for your LASIK recovery, but in most circumstances, you are cleared at that point to drive and resume your normal daily activities.