• As soon as the anaesthetic wears off your eyes will be sore, watery, and light sensitive. This phase of the healing lasts for 6 to 8 hours until the surface layer at the edge of the flap heals.

    During this time it is recommended that you take your eye drops and if possible, sleep wearing your shields.

  • The next day your eyes will still be blurry and light sensitive. It is typical to be able to return to most of your normal activities from 3 - 7 days.
  • You may experience a fluctuation in your vision from morning to evening, and you can also expect to see halos around lights at night. This is caused by normal postoperative swelling (edema). This is a normal part of the healing process and may take several weeks to resolve.

  • Some patients note that even though they see 20/20, it may not be as sharp or well defined as before. This is caused by a small loss of contrast and is regarded as a minor tradeoff for acceptable vision without glasses.
LASIK Postoperative Tips
  Things you should do   Things you should avoid
  • Wear the eye shields at night for the first 4 nights. This is to prevent you from rubbing your eyes while you sleep.
  • Rest and relax for 24 - 48 hours immediately following the procedure.
  • Use sunglasses.
  • A cold cloth gently placed across the eyelids for the first 24 - 48 hours will help greatly with comfort.
  • Prepare to take 3 - 7 days off
    from work.
  • Tylenol and Aspirin may be used for discomfort.

  • Eye drops and antibiotic drops as prescribed by your surgeon.
  • Do not rub your eyes.
  • Avoid getting soap or shampoo near eyes.
  • Avoid dusty and/or smoky environments for 1 week.
  • Avoid pools, hot tubs, saunas and water sport activities for 1 week.

  • Refrain from activities that could result in a direct blow to the eye for several months.
  • Refrain from driving for the first 3 - 7 days until you have achieved 20/40* vision correction.
  • Eye make-up must NOT be worn for 1 week postoperatively.
  • Watching TV, reading and computer use will strain your eyes. These activities should be done in moderation for the first few days following the surgery.
* This is the legal requirement in most jurisdictions to operate a vehicle without corrective lenses.

LASIK Postoperative Medication
You will be required to use eye drops following the procedure.
Below is a sample of the
medication schedule you may be asked to follow.
 Tobradex (Antibiotic/steroid)  Artificial Tears
  • 1 drop 4x/day for 2 days
  • 1 drop 3x/day for 2 days
  • 1 drop 2x/day for 2 days
  • 1 drop 1x/day for 2 days
    then discontinue
  • 1 drop while awake,
    every 30-60 minutes for 2-3 days.
  • Thereafter, 1 drop every 4 hours
    for 3-4 days

LASIK Postoperative Appointments
  • You will be required to return to the clinic 24 hours after the procedure for an examination.

  • You will also be required to attend postoperative appointments which are usually
    • 1 week,
    • 1 month and
    • 3 months from your surgery date.
      (If you experience problems after your surgery, additional visits may be necessary).

Each postoperative appointment is as important as the surgery itself and appointments should not be skipped or missed. Each appointment helps to evaluate your healing process. If you experience new problems in between your follow up visits, don't wait for your regular appointment, contact your clinic to determine if an earlier appointment is recommended.

Important: The above information is intended as a general guideline only.
It IS NOT to be used as a replacement for your physician's instructions.

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