Postoperative care after LASIK
LASIK: after the operation
This page is dedicated to the chronology of the postoperative follow-up expected after a LASIK. These data are indicative, and reflect the developments in the majority of patients with this technique for the correction of their refractive defect.
-1 mn after LASIK:
The vision is already changed: despite feeling blur, sailing related to the proximity of the intervention to the drops instilled during it, etc. the uncorrected Visual acuity is already significantly improved. The perception of details that would have not been collected before surgery revealed that a correction was issued. However, the vision is described as "veiled" or "Misty"..
-5 mn after LASIK:
The veil persists, a foreign body sensation, of local discomfort under the eyelid or the "corner of the eye" is possible. She subsides with eyes half closed or closed.
-1 hour after LASIK :
The feeling of discomfort sometimes persists, but she often subsides after instillation of artificial tears, it is possible to perform regularly. The eyelids may be slightly swollen. The finding of "red marks" on the white of the eye is normal (effect of the pose of the retention ring of the) femtosecond laser). Do not rub or touch the eyes.
-a few hours after LASIK, overnight
The feel of local discomfort tends to decrease gradually, and the vision continues to progress. The pursuit of hydration by artificial tears is recommended in case of sensation of dryness. Overnight, to wear protection hulls to avoid touching the eyes of untimely or unconsciously. These shells must be removed in the morning.
-the day after LASIK
Wake up the next day (J1) of the LASIK, the improvement is clearly visible: the patient sometimes seek his glasses in a reflex way... While it already hasn't needed! A slight feeling of "Visual veil" or "Haze" is common to J1, but she gradually dissipate within the first 48 hours. It is mainly related to dry eye. If contact lenses were placed on the corneas at the end of the procedure (this is recommended by some surgeons, including to facilitate the healing of the edges of the flap), their withdrawal during the first control can bring a feeling of "relief." Vision uncorrected J1 may reach 10/10 in a good majority of case, but this is not always noted, particularly for high myopia LASIK interventions or astigmatism. Do not forget that the LASIK procedure is very recent (24 h)...
-the first days after LASIK
The vision continues to improve over the first days due to the dissipation of the "light veil" (or "Haze") originally noted. Depending on the type of correction, stabilization of optical effect brought by the laser correction occurs during the first month (LASIK for correction of myopia), or 2 to 3 months (correction of hyperopia, and the strong astigmatismes). Treatment with antibiotic eye drops and anti inflammatory continued during the first 3 weeks. The instillation of artificial tears is recommended, because dry eye symptoms can persist. The port of tinted glasses (sunglasses) is highly recommended case of sunshine outside. It is possible to take a shower, taking a few precautions (do not point the shower spray in eyes). But it remains however shown rubbing the eyes. The makeup of the eyelids and eyelashes can be resumed 10 days after LASIK.