Most patients (about 97%) who come to Focus Clinic choose to have LASIK treatment. This laser eye surgery recovery is a fast treatment, with most people achieving 20/20 vision if not better the very next day. Immediately after the treatment you will be able to see a big change in your vision and you may be quite surprised how well you can already see! However, after about 15 minutes you will find the anaesthetic drops that were administered during the procedure will start to wear off. You will then experience a mild stinging and and gritty sensation and you will find your eyes are very sensitive to light. It is normal to experience a few tears and it will be difficult to keep your eyes open. These feeling will last for about four hours.
The best thing for you to do during your laser eye surgery recovery will be to get to bed, turn off the light and rest, let your eyes stay closed for as long as they need, this is when they are healing. After a few hours you will find that the stinging sensation starts to ease, and you will be able to start to open your eyes much more easily again. Even after this short amount of time, you will see a huge improvement in your vision. That night, and for the following week, you will need to wear eye protectors when you are asleep, administer medicated eye drops, avoid touching and getting water in the eyes and any lovely ladies will need to avoid wearing eye make up. These guidelines are to protect the eyes while they are healing and as long as you follow these guidelines you can be back to most tasks very quickly.
The next day we will see you your your first check up to test your vision, and check the eyes are healing nicely. After this check up, many people do go back to work, and most people can also drive. You can go back to most sports after the first 7 days, and sports such as swimming and football after one month. It really is that fast!
If you have PRK / LASEK treatment, you will need to plan for a little more time. You would need a week off work, and from driving, but you can start practicing certain contact sports faster than Lasik.
For both treatments you may find that your vision fluctuates slightly for up to about 3 months, but this will no way affect your daily life. So what are you waiting for? Why not come and see Focus for a consultation to find out more?
For more information on laser eye surgery, download our information pack.