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Recovering From LASIK: What to Expect

Recovering From LASIK: What to Expect

If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may dream of tossing them in a drawer and never needing them again. Thanks to LASIK, that dream comes true for many people.

LASIK laser eye surgery corrects certain types of vision problems caused by what's known as refractive errors. These are vision errors that happen because your eyes don't bend (refract) and focus light as well as they should.

At Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of, our eye care specialists perform LASIK and other types of laser surgery to correct vision errors. Here, you can learn about this fast, effective surgery, including information on what you can expect as you recover from LASIK.

About laser surgery

LASIK — which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis — is a type of laser surgery that uses light, rather than scalpels, to repair certain refractive errors in your eyes. Examples of refractive errors include: 

In addition to LASIK, Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona offers several other types of vision-correcting surgery, including the cutting-edge LESA™ procedure, PRK (photo refractive keratectomy), and advanced surface ablation flapless procedures. 

The type of eye surgery that’s best for you depends on several factors, including your eyeglass prescription, vision goals, overall health, eye health, and age. Having LASIK or other refractive surgeries can reduce or eliminate your need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Recovering from LASIK

During LASIK surgery, which is an in-office procedure that takes only a few minutes for each eye, you first receive numbing drops for your eyes. There’s no need for general anesthesia, so you can go home soon after your procedure. We ask that you have a friend or family member drive you home after you have LASIK because your vision may be blurry.

Post-surgery, your eyes may feel slightly uncomfortable for about 24 to 48 hours. They may itch, burn, or feel like they have grit or sand in them.

After a day or two, however, your eyes start to heal and begin to feel more normal. While you're waiting, it's very important that you don’t rub your eyes because that could cause damage to the treatment site.

As your eyes start feeling better, you notice that your vision is improving. This typically happens within a day or two. Your provider lets you know whether you should use eye drops or other medication, when you can safely resume sports and other activities, and when you can use cosmetics and other products in or around your eyes.

Our team also lets you know when and how often you should be seen for eye check-ups and follow-up care. Be sure to call our office right away if your symptoms worsen or you have questions about your eyes.

Change the way you see the world

If you want to make your vision dreams come true, reach out to our laser eye specialists. We work with you to create a customized treatment plan that aligns with your vision goals and eye health needs.

Our offices are conveniently located in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona. Contact us today to schedule a visit.

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