LASIK Questions: How Long is the Recovery Time?

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, more commonly known as LASIK, is a type of surgery that corrects the three most common refractive errors: myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. During the LASIK procedure, an eye surgeon will use a laser to reshape the cornea of the eye, correcting the refractive error and restoring the patient’s vision.

The time required for a full recovery from any type of surgical procedure varies significantly from person to person, and LASIK is no different. Immediately after the procedure, you will be unable to drive as your vision will be a little blurry and light-sensitive. After 48 hours, your doctor will check the state of your vision and examine your eyes. The vast majority of patients will notice improvements in their vision within two days of the surgery, but it can take up to seven days to see an improvement in visual acuity.

Making a full recovery from the LASIK procedure can take up to six months and there can be significant fluctuations in your vision during this time. Normally, you will make several check-up visits with your doctor to monitor your recovery. Do not neglect these follow-up appointments; they are critical for ensuring that the healing process is unfolding normally. During this time, it is very important to follow all of your doctor’s post-operative instructions to protect the future of your vision. Avoid any strenuous activities that might interfere with your recovery.

If you are tired of using corrective lenses, LASIK may be an ideal option for you. At the Boston Laser, our experienced surgeons are involved in every step of your laser vision correction. To learn if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure, contact us to schedule a consultation today. You can reach us at (617) 566-0062. For more information about our range of high-quality medical services, visit our website.