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".. This is quite normal at this initial stage.
-5 mn after LASIK:
The veil persists, a feeling of foreign body, local discomfort under the eyelid or in the "corner of the eye" is possible. It is reduced by keeping the eyes half closed or closed. It is very important not to touch or rub your eyes. Protective glasses are usually worn immediately after surgery.
-1 hour after LASIK :
The feeling of discomfort sometimes persists, but it often subsides after instillation of artificial tears, which can be done very regularly. The eyelids may be slightly swollen. The observation of "red marks" on the white of the eye is normal (effect of the installation 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
When the LASIK wakes up the next day (J1), the improvement is clearly noticeable: the patient sometimes looks for his glasses reflexively... when he already no longer needs them! A slight sensation of "visual veil" or "mist" is common on D1, but will gradually dissipate during the first 48 hours. It is mainly related to dry eyes. If contact lenses have been placed on the corneas at the end of the procedure (this is recommended by some surgeons, particularly to facilitate healing of the edges of the corneaflap), removing them during the first inspection can bring a feeling of "relief". The uncorrected vision at D1 can reach 10/10 in a good majority of patientscase, but this is not always the case, especially for LASIK operations on high myopia or astigmatism. Let us not forget that the LASIK procedure is still very recent (24 hours)...
-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.