LASIK Eye Surgery Recuperation

For many folks debating whether or not to have LASIK eye surgery the question of post operative recuperation often comes up and leaves them slightly nervous. Let's be real here – most people take the time to educate themselves on the pros and cons of vision correction with LASIK eye surgery. They have carefully read all of the available literature on how to correctly choose the best doctor to perform their vision enhancing surgery. They probably also spent countless hours in front of their computer staring at their monitor as they researched what to expect from start to finish when allowing a LASIK procedure to be performed on their eyes. Still none of this can prepare you for what exactly will happen after your vision correction surgery takes place. This article will help alleviate some of the anxieties associated with LASIK eye surgery recuperation.

You may have heard or read the horror stories associated with LASIk eye surgery but the truth is many people have a successful laser eye surgery and enjoy a pleasant experience before, during and after surgery. In fact a majority of eye surgery patients actually go home and after a good night's sleep (allowing their eyes to rest) wake up without any discomfort or painful episodes. They key to a successful postoperative recuperation is listening to your doctor's advice regarding how to treat your eyes after the vision correction procedure.

One of the most recognized suggestions by all doctors performing laser eye surgery is to bring a friend or relative with you to the clinic where the eye surgery will be performed. Many doctors will require you to wait several hours in their clinic in order to allow your eyes the opportunity to get some well-deserved rest. You may be required to wear an eye covering in order to prevent any direct contact between your sensitive eyes and the sun. The time duration required to wear these protective eye coverings varies for each individual patient. Just relax and listen to the advice your doctor gives you, after all he or she has done this surgery hundreds of times before.

Please don't be alarmed by the information contained in this next paragraph. It is common for most people to experience a small amount of pain or minor discomfort after successful laser eye surgery during their LASIK eye surgery recuperation period. Normally your doctor will prescribe a mild pain reliever such as acetaminophen and they rarely prescribe aspirin due to its blood thinning effects. Other common side effects as a result of your laser vision correction will be itchy eyes and an increased sensitivity to light. Both of these mild symptoms gradually go away until they are no longer noticeable.

Your doctor may also recommend that you stay home from work for a few days (many folks actually enjoy this recommendation) and avoid any strenuous type of activities such as weightlifting, exercising or running. It is absolutely imperative that you follow this warning – Do Not Attempt To Play Any Type Of Contact Sports. Yes, I'm sorry but you must avoid playing football, baseball, basketball even golf. Sport of any kind could seriously jeopardize your LASIK eye recuperation period if you were to irritate your eye, bump your eye or allow a large amount of dust particles to enter your eye.

You can expect to receive follow up treatments from your attending physician or doctor at regular intervals in order to make sure your eyes are properly recuperating from the laser eye surgery. Additionally you may experience a varying degree of vision improvement followed by degradation for the first few months. Again this is normal and it will eventually clear itself up as your eye adjust itself to its new formation. Remember to always report anything you feel is abnormal about your recovery time to your doctor so they can quickly diagnose if there is a problem occurring during your recuperation form laser vision correction surgery.

Hopefully this article gave you a little more insight (sorry I couldn't help myself) into what can be expected during your LASIK eye surgery recuperation period. Just remember to listen to your doctor and take a few extra precautions for at least the first 6 months following your laser eye surgery. It could mean the difference between blurred vision and perfect vision.
by : Tim Gorman

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