LASIK Recovery

What to Expect with LASIK Recovery

Will my eyes hurt after my LASIK eye surgery? Can I wear makeup the next day? When can I work out or play sports? These are some of the more frequent questions patients ask about LASIK recovery as they prepare for vision correction surgery.

According to the American Refractive Surgery Council when you have LASIK surgery, you are very focused on one thing: seeing better. The good news is that happens almost immediately for the majority of LASIK patients. They sit up from having the procedure seeing the world in a whole new way and it is very exciting. However, it’s important for LASIK patients to understand that, as with any surgery, there will be a recovery phase and healing period after you have your procedure.

For most people, LASIK recovery is quick and patients resume most normal activities within a day or two. The healing period takes a little while longer, typically lasting 3-6 months during which time you should expect your vision to gradually improve.

After the topical anesthesia wears off, you will likely have some discomfort after surgery. An itching or burning sensation is normal and your doctor will have given you instructions about what and how much pain reliever to take.

When you get home, rest your eyes for 2-4 hours and avoid any strenuous activity. You can return to your normal routine the next day. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses if you’re outside during the day and eye shields in bed at night.

Right after the procedure your vision will be foggy as if you opened your eyes under water. You should be able to see much better within hours of the procedure but you may have some temporary side effects as you go through the healing process.

The most common is dryness, and your doctor will likely have provided you with lubricating eye drops. Make sure to use them as instructed to keep your eyes moist.  Other potential symptoms you may experience after surgery include halos around your eyes at night, tearing eyes, puffy eyelids and sensitivity to light. These should all diminish within a week.

If you experience severe pain at any time, contact your doctor immediately.

LASIK has changed how millions of people view the world, it isn’t always right for everybody. To make sure you are an ideal candidate for LASIK laser vision correction, make sure you have a series of tests and measurements with an eye surgeon.  Also, discuss any health conditions or medications you may be taking.

If you are looking for the freedom to fully engage in an active lifestyle and experience the most out of your vision, then LASIK may be right for you.

Leading ophthalmologist, Dr. Neil Griffin uses the latest and most advanced lasers. The laser speed, and accuracy allows Dr. Griffin the ability to expand treatment capabilities, enhancements of current treatments, and broaden range of correction for our patients seeking LASIK surgery.

Griffin Eye Center is now offering complimentary LASIK screenings. If you want to SEE if you are a candidate for LASIK call 843-449-6414 or contact us for an appointment at