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Leaving the Laser Suite (LASIK)

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Presentation: LASIK
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When you leave the laser suite, you will be given specific eye care instructions and discharge instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any further restrictions necessary. Your healthcare provider will go over any symptoms that require medical attention.
You should rest for the remainder of the day and apply your eye drops as directed. After a few hours, when you remove the eye shields to apply your eye drops, you may notice that your vision is improving. It still may not be perfect at this time, but your vision should recover over the next 24 to 48 hours.
Most patients are able to return to work within 24 to 48 hours of their procedure.
To minimize the chance of infection, you should keep your hands clean and away from your eyes, avoid hot tubs or swimming pools for one month, and use the eye drops as directed. It is also important not to rub your eyes. If needed, you can gently pat your eyes with your eyelids shut.
Occasionally, small red areas over the white part of your eye may appear. These are caused by the pressure of the suction ring. These are harmless but may take a week or two to go away.
You can expect to return for a follow-up examination the day after your procedure.

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