From your initial eye evaluation to getting used to life without glasses or contacts, knowing what the typical LASIK process includes can help you better understand every step of your procedure.
Before a LASIK procedure, you will need to have an eye evaluation to determine which LASIK procedure is best for you. The evaluation will usually include the following:
Keep in mind that you may be asked not to wear contact lenses for up to two weeks prior to your eye evaluation. This will help your eyes return to their natural shape. It is also common that you will be asked to not wear contacts for up to two weeks before the actual LASIK procedure.
The LASIK procedure itself may be quick, typically lasting less than 30 minutes. In the case of procedures using WaveLight® LASIK technology with CONTOURA® Vision, it could take as little as 10 minutes per eye. The entire experience, from the time you walk in the door to the time you walk out, may only take up to two hours for most patients.
It varies from procedure to procedure, but you can usually expect the following:
In short, no — most patients feel little or no pain throughout their procedure. However, keep in mind that there is no guaranteed level of comfort for a LASIK procedure.
After LASIK, many people have noticed improved vision instantly. Once your procedure is complete, your LASIK doctor will likely have you rest in a postoperative room for up to an hour.
You should also follow a few additional recommendations to take care of yourself and your vision after you leave the procedure:
When your eyes have completely recovered, your results may be similar to those reported in studies of LASIK outcomes. With CONTOURA® Vision, 92.6% of eyes achieved 20/20 vision or better — and 15.7% achieved 20/10 vision or better — according to an analysis of FDA study results.1
Immediately after your LASIK procedure, it’s important to allow your recovery to proceed normally for the best possible results.
Make sure to protect the health of your eyes as they recover from LASIK:
Recovering from LASIK is typically quick and easy. Your doctor will most likely schedule a follow-up appointment to check your eyes about one week after your procedure. By this time, you are likely starting to see what your life looks like without keeping up with contact lenses or glasses.
In an assessment of FDA study results, many patients even experienced a continued improvement in vision up to a year after the procedure.1 For example, while 7% of eyes achieved 20/10 vision three months after surgery, by one year, 15.6% of eyes had achieved 20/10 vision.1
Anyone who gets a LASIK procedure can have a different recovery experience. Many people are able to return to work the very next day. Others might experience a few minor side effects, such as watery or red eyes for a few days.
1. Durrie DS, Potvin R, Petznick A. More eyes with 20/10 visual acuity at 12 months versus 3 months in a topography-guided excimer laser trial: Possible contributing factors. Paper presented at: ASCRS; March 14, 2018; Chicago, IL.
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