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Clear Vision. Quicker Than You Thought Possible.

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Amazingly, the entire process only takes about 20 minutes, and you’ll be awake the whole time! When you arrive, your surgeon may provide medication to help you relax, and numbing eye drops to keep you comfortable. You’ll feel some pressure on your eye and the sensation usually lasts less than a minute.

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You won’t. A small device will be used to hold your eyelids open, and eye drops will be applied to keep your eyes comfortable. While the laser is active, an automated “eye tracker” monitors the position of your eye and compensates for any small, involuntary eye movements to deliver targeted treatment.

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You cannot drive yourself home post-op, because your vision will be blurry. Depending on whether you were given a sedative, you may be a bit drowsy.

When you get home, the best way to begin healing is to nap or rest, and use recommended drops to keep your eyes moist, healthy and comfortable.

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What to expect.

Post-op, it’s normal to feel some moderate pain and discomfort for up to 3 days. Some people report feeling something like an eyelash “in” the eye. As the cornea heals, you may experience blurriness, itchy, dry or watery eyes and light sensitivity. These symptoms should subside over time.

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Protecting your eyes.

Protective shields will be placed over your eyes to help you avoid rubbing, touching or bumping your eyes. In the days following surgery, always wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun and reduce glare.

It is vital to keep eyes clean and hydrated to optimize your recovery rate, but keep in mind it’s common for full healing to take three months or longer.

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Looking forward.

Generally, your first follow-up visit will be approximately 24 hours after surgery. Even if your vision seems clear, have someone drive you to this visit. Your surgeon will let you know when it is safe for you to drive again, and when you can resume other activities and exercise.

Remember that routine comprehensive eye exams are still absolutely needed to safeguard the health of your eyes.

If you experience significant discomfort after your iLASIK® Surgery—particularly if it worsens over time—call your ophthalmologist for further instructions. 

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