So you’re excited about the idea of life after LASIK. Can’t say we blame you. Imagine going for a spontaneous swim without worrying about your contacts, or finally being able to see your alarm clock in the morning. Imagine not groping around in a panic every time you drop a contact on the bathroom floor.
Sounds amazing, we know, but what else should you be thinking about? This is a medical procedure, after all. What’s recovery like?
Life (Right) After LASIK
The few days of and after the procedure require a bit of advance planning. You’ll need a driver to take you to and from your procedure (obviously), and your doctor will give you a pair of protective shields to wear afterwards to prevent you from rubbing your eyes (even if you triple pinkie swear that you won’t). They have a futuristic pirate vibe to them. But the only people who will see you are the doctor and whoever you designate to drive you home (a time-traveling pirate would be a good choice).
Most doctors recommend getting plenty of sleep during the 24 hours following surgery and you’ll need to wear those eye shields when you do. They’re ventilated, so don’t sweat feeling uncomfortable. Or, well, don’t sweat sweating.
Life (Shortly) After LASIK
Most patients are able to go back to their daily routines in a few short days, but you will want to have someone drive you to your first follow-up appointment (usually the next day), and it’s a good idea to take a couple of days off of work to relax.
Other activities like swimming or high-impact sports you’ll want to wait until your surgeon lets you know you may resume these activities. If you need help finding a LASIK surgeon near you for a consultation, look no further (click here).
“But what about my professional kickboxing career?” you ask. To which we reply, “Wow. You’re a professional kickboxer? We’ve never met a professional kickboxer before! Talk to your doctor about your recovery time. So, do you know Ronda? What’s she like? Can we get your autograph?”
For some people, it takes a few days to see clearly, but it’s possible to have blurry or fluctuating vision for two months or longer (symptoms which generally diminish over time). It’s important to know that some people experience certain side effects — like dry eyes or halos — after LASIK. More safety information is available here, but the best person to have a conversation with about what to expect is a LASIK surgeon.
Life (Long) After LASIK
You’ll still have routine eye exams after LASIK. Annual visits to the eye doctor are a good idea. These exams don’t just test your vision, they also screen for potential medical issues unrelated to LASIK. If eyes are windows to the soul, then regular doctors visits are the Windex and paper towels.
If you’ve got more questions about the LASIK recovery process, make an appointment to speak with an ophthalmologist. Many offer free LASIK consultations and flexible payment options, no less, so there goes your last excuse :)