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After your LASIK surgery, recovery of your vision will happen within 24 to 48 hours. You should rest for the remainder of the day and apply your eyedrops as directed. To minimize the chance of infection and speed up the recovery process, you should keep your hands clean and away from your eyes and avoid hot tubs or swimming pools for one month.

What to Expect After LASIK Surgery

After your LASIK surgery is complete, you will be moved to a recovery room. You will be asked to stay here until your healthcare providers feel that you are able to go home. Usually, this is within an hour.
You may need a ride home from the laser suite because it will be difficult for you to see. You will have enough vision for walking around, but not enough for driving.
After the medicine wears off, your eyes may begin to feel scratchy, or you may feel like you have an eyelash in your eye. These are normal sensations. Sometimes, one eye may be more uncomfortable than the other. Remember that your healthcare providers want you to recover without any problems, so be sure to report anything that feels abnormal or "not right."

LASIK Surgery Recovery at Home

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 eyedrops as directed. After a few hours, when you remove the eye shields to apply your eyedrops, 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 people are able to return to work within 24 to 48 hours after recovering from LASIK eye surgery.
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 eyedrops as directed. It is also important to avoid rubbing 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 LASIK surgery.
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