Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis or LASIK for short is a corrective surgery to treat the conditions of near sighted, far sighted and astigmatism. Lasik recovery is a far easier process now than it was in the beginning days of Lasik. Lasik complications after Lasik eye surgery have also declined to a minimal number, due to increased understanding and safety measures put in place. Additionally, the cost of Lasik eye surgery has declined as well, making it more affordable and available to many people.
Medications to limit swelling and control pain after Lasik eye surgery assist in a fast and short recuperation period. Patients also are given antibiotic medicated eye drops to prevent infection and irritation. Artificial tears are used for the first few weeks until the cornea has healed allowing natural tears to properly lubricate and moisturize the eye again.
Patients are strongly advised to wear eye patches while sleeping to prevent rubbing and wear dark sunglasses outside to protect against the sun. No driving until 24 hours after the procedure. Swimming or playing of sports for up to two weeks is prohibited to allow the eyes to heal. Wearing eye make up is discouraged for up to two weeks.
Most experience the following primary Lasik recovery side effects and symptoms up to a few days:
- Photophobia or acute sensitivity to light
- Weepy, watering eyes
- Eyes will burn or feel scratchy
- Halos surrounding objects
- Some swelling and discomfort around the eyes
- Vision fluctuations fading in and out of focus, lack of contrast
- Very dry eyes in need of artificial tears
- Apparent glare or bright spots at night
It is highly recommended for patients to return to their doctor for a follow up exam just to make certain there are no long term side effects or Lasik complications. The effectiveness of the Lasik recovery will vary depending upon several factors regarding the patient including age, physical condition and the condition that is to be corrected via Lasik.
Lasik complications after Lasik eye surgery are rare but can happen. These are a few of the complications that can occur:
- Chronic dry eyes condition resulting from cut nerve fibers failing to reconnect after being cut during the procedure. Nerves stimulate tears to keep eyes moist.
- Undercorrection or overcorrection increasing or decreasing the original vision disorder and may need an enhancement to reverse the problem.
- Night vision glares or bright flashes occur as light rays disperse on the cornea before they reach the retina caused by surgical cuts.
- Severe light sensitivity of sunlight or at night light sources.
- The corneal flap dislodges or erodes causing blurred vision.
- Delicate eye blood vessels rupture causing bleeding within the eyeball called a subconjunctival hemorrhage.
- Induced astigmatism can be created by the procedure. Ned corrective contacts or glasses
- Eyes can revert back to their original condition. This is common in people with pre-operative chronic eyesight disorders before the surgery.
- Sands of the Sahara syndrome where small white grains or debris get captured between the cornea and corneal flap created by the surgery. This causes a similar sensation of itchy irritation of sand in the eye.
Much is now known about what happens during recovery after Lasik eye surgery since nearly one million people a year undergo the procedure. There is not much need to be overly concerned about recovering from complications and side effects. Full recovery generally will only take a few days, but you should know the laser eye surgery risks going in.
The side effects experienced while recovering from Lasik surgery are mainly minimal in most cases. A very small portion of patients currently experience long term Lasik complications. Nearly all patients experience some side effects but also note remarkable improvement in their vision after Lasik eye surgery. There is absolutely no doubt of clear vision on that fact.