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How Quick Is LASIK Recovery?

Speed and limited downtime are two of the main benefits of ultra-convenient and comfortable LASIK vision correction. The surgical laser is in contact with the cornea for 40 seconds or less, and the entire procedure is over in about a half hour. Recovery is also rapid, and typically free of complications. Below, experienced Bay Area cornea and LASIK specialist Mark Mandel, MD outlines the phases of post-LASIK healing.

Recovery Timeline

Your eyes begin healing immediately after your LASIK procedure, and you should begin seeing clearly within 8 hours. Over the next few months, your vision will adjust to the new cornea shape until you achieve maximum clarity.

During the recovery period, some patients report slight fluctuations in vision, sensitivity to light, halos around lights, occasional blurring and difficulty with night driving. In addition, it is not uncommon to experience dry eyes for weeks or months. You may briefly experience a slight itching, burning or a foreign body sensation.

Give your eyes room to heal efficiently by avoiding makeup, swimming, vigorous physical activity, contact sports and especially rubbing the eyes. Premier LASIK specialist Mark Mandel, MD will advise you when it is safe for you to resume various activities.

Make sure to keep your follow-up appointments, as it allows your surgeon an opportunity to measure the changes in your vision and check for any complications. If you do feel pain as your eyes heal, this is actually an indicator that you need to return to the office so that your surgeon can check for infection or other side effects that require prompt attention.

The healing process is unique to each patient. Some attain their new, sharper vision quickly, while others experience some fluctuation in vision over a longer period. Only when your eyes have completely healed can Mark Mandel, MD fully evaluate your eye health and quantify the amount of improvement you have gained from the procedure.

If you would like to know more about LASIK vision correction, we encourage you to schedule a personal consultation with Bay Area LASIK specialist Mark Mandel, MD. Contact Optima Eye by emailing us or calling 877-210-2020 ext. 3 today.

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