Your LASIK Follow-Up Eye Exam: Important Questions to Ask
As soon as your laser vision correction procedure is complete, you will notice a change in your vision. Objects will look sharper, text will be easier to read, and everything will look slightly different. You’ll soon become sensitive to light, however, as the freezing agent used during the procedure wears off and your eyes start to heal. The next day, when you return for a follow-up eye exam, you will surely have questions.
The following are some of the most common:
How Long Does Recovery Take?
Recovery from standard LASIK or Custom Wavefront LASIK procedures is quicker than you think. If possible, it’s a good idea to sleep immediately after the procedure and then follow your normal routine—the more rest your eyes get, the faster they will heal. Within a few days, your sensitivity to light should disappear and you should have no trouble reading books or watching television. You may still find direct sunlight or bright fluorescent lights difficult to handle as your newly corrected eyes adjust, but it won’t take long for your brain to catch up with your vision.
When Can I Go Back to Work or Play Sports?
While you might want (or need) a few days off from your regular schedule as you adapt to your improved vision, you can get back to work or play as soon as you feel ready. However, if you play sports or work in a physically demanding environment, it’s a good idea to wear some form of eye protection so your eye isn’t accidentally poked or scratched.
What About Dry Eyes?
It is common to experience dry eyes immediately after the procedure and for a few weeks after that. You will be prescribed eyedrops to help with any dryness, and a further follow-up appointment can be made to check on your progress. As your eyes heal, they will begin to produce more moisture, so you should find yourself with dry eyes less and less frequently.
Will My Vision Worsen Again?
As noted by the FDA, your vision may fluctuate for three to six months after undergoing the procedure. This is normal. Over time, both your vision at distance and overall visual acuity will improve. If you experience significant visual issues, schedule another eye exam as soon as possible. The LASIK 20/20 Vision Commitment means every effort will be made to improve your vision, up to and including a second correction procedure, if required, or your money will be refunded.
Just as every set of eyes is different, so too is the recovery process after laser vision correction. The questions above are typical, but make sure to check with your LASIK specialist if you experience any sudden changes in vision or encounter special circumstances that need specific answers.