One of the common considerations amongst candidates for LASIK is the recovery process. Patients want to know how long recovery typically lasts and what to expect while they are recuperating. They are also curious how the recovery from traditional LASIK is different from that of No-Cut LASIK. Although all of Dr. Sandra Belmont’s patients recover differently from surgery, she can share some general information pertaining to the post-operative phase.
Usually the recovery from No-Cut LASIK is short. After the procedure, patients return home and are asked to rest for the remainder of the day, refraining from reading, watching television or using the computer. Over the next few days, the eye heals.
Because the outermost layer of corneal cells is removed prior to laser treatment (as opposed to the creation of a corneal flap), the eye needs a few days to regenerate those cells. Patients wear a special bandage contact lens over the eye to protect it until the surface cells have grown back. Some experience mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescription pain medication.
Typically the bandage contact lens is worn for about a week, at which point they return for a follow-up visit. Dr. Belmont checks the eye’s healing progress during this appointment.
Most patients notice an improvement in their vision within a few days, continuing to improve over the next few months.
Dr. Belmont gives all of her No-Cut LASIK patients detailed instructions to follow during the recovery period. Some of these instructions explain how to use medicated and lubricated eye drops to promote healing. She also outlines a recommended schedule of follow-up visits, which usually occur at one week, two weeks, one month, two months and three months after surgery.
In general, patients are advised to wear a protective shield or goggles over the eyes when sleeping, to avoid accidentally rubbing or poking the eyes. Sunglasses should be worn when going outdoors for a week after surgery. Rubbing the eyes or perspiring in the eyes must be avoided. Eye makeup is restricted for 10 days after surgery. Swimming in a pool is not permitted for two weeks, and swimming in an ocean or lake is not permitted for one month.
Modern techniques and technology have made No-Cut LASIK safer and more effective than ever. Don’t let misconceptions or outdated assumptions about recovery stop you from receiving the vision correction you want and need. To book a LASIK consultation with Dr. Belmont, please call (212) 486-2020 or email Belmont Eye Center today.