What to expect after LASIK eye surgery

istock 1189362136 1 Are you considering LASIK eye surgery but worried about how long it will take to recover? Are you interested in ways to speed the healing process so you can get back to your normal routine following this procedure? LASIK is a surgery that has given many patients freedom from prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses, and continues to be a popular request in patients who visit Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL.

Below are a few things to consider and remember when thinking about LASIK surgery and the recovery timeline: 

  • Because a patient’s visual capacity is impacted due to the operation, it is important that patients arrange for transportation to and from their LASIK surgery appointment. Vision impairment is completely normal for approximately a day or two following the procedure.
  • Patients need to avoid rubbing their eyes after the procedure, as this can cause extensive damage and infection. In fact, our team may recommend wearing protective eye shields at night while sleeping to avoid accidentally rubbing the eyes.
  • Patients are prohibited from certain activities after their procedure for a period of time during recovery. Participation in activities such as swimming should be avoided for approximately one week post-surgery. Most patients can return to work after a few days and resume their normal everyday activities rather quickly.
  • Patients should also avoid soaking in a hot tub, spa, or jacuzzi for about a week after the treatment as the hot temperatures and steam can irritate the eyes and increase the risk of infection.

What can I expect after the procedure? 

Patients will find that with each day, their vision improves and any side effects or complications subside. Patients can expect some of the following concerns that will resolve on their own: 

  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Halos
  • Redness and irritation
  • Discomfort

Contact Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer today 

Skokie, IL area patients who are interested in learning more about LASIK eye surgery and want to speak to a professional about the healing process will want to connect with our team by calling (847) 677-2794. Our facility is equipped with the latest technologies and equipment to ensure the best possible vision care in the area. The office is located at 9150 Crawford Avenue, Suite #201 and accepts new patients. 

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