One of the most important parts of LASIK eye surgery is what you do after the surgery takes place. Following both pre-op and post-op instructions as directed by your surgeon will contribute to optimal results. During an initial consultation for LASIK eye surgery, we make sure you understand all that is involved in the LASIK post-op schedule, breaking it down by hours, days and weeks following your procedure.
LASIK eye surgery may be a straightforward procedure, but it is not simple, and following your doctor’s LASIK post-op instructions is critical for optimal results. Below is an example of what you can expect regarding eye drops and medications during your LASIK post-op schedule, as well as what to avoid in the weeks following your LASIK eye surgery.
Although your vision may be excellent within 24 hours of surgery, your LASIK recovery is still underway. Your corneas are still actively healing, and they need to be cared for according to the LASIK post-op instructions provided by your surgeon. Attending all LASIK post-op appointments is also important. At Providence Eye & Laser Specialists, your LASIK post-op appointments are all included in the original surgery price.
The following is a typical LASIK post-op schedule of appointments:
However, if between appointments you have any concerns about your vision or how your eyes feel, call our office immediately. At Providence Eye, we have a doctor on call 24/7 and Dr. Mozayeni and Dr. Nunnery will see you as often as necessary.
Your LASIK surgeon will provide you with a very specific LASIK post-op schedule for your eye drops. It is important that you follow your LASIK surgeon’s directions regarding brand name vs. generic, number of drops, number of times/day and how many days or weeks.
For optimal results, patients should use the following drops, according to your surgeon's instructions:
There are several things you should avoid during the LASIK post-op period.
For 14 days after surgery, all patients should:
Also, during your LASIK post-op schedule, patients should avoid the following for 7 days:
You should postpone any plans for artificial tanner or cosmetic facial laser treatment for one year after laser vision correction surgery.
Your LASIK recovery should go well if you follow instructions and attend your post-op appointments. If you have any concerns do not hesitate to contact your surgeon, that is why they are there!
Learn more about the LASIK post-op schedule by scheduling a complimentary consultation with one of our LASIK surgeons today!