Your Recovery from Laser Eye Surgery

  • Transparent plastic shields placed over eyes after surgery.
  • In 6 hours, vision becomes clear and improves daily.
  • Local anesthetic wears off within half an hour after surgery.
  • Avoid firm rubbing or wetting your eyes.
  • Rest eyes for a few hours after surgery.

Laser Eye Surgery Recovery Time & Information

At the end of the LASIK procedure, you will have transparent plastic shields placed over your eyes to protect them. It’s important that you keep these in place until they are removed at your appointment the day after your laser eye surgery. To help reduce the recovery time, you will be required to wear the shields while sleeping for 1 night to prevent your eyes being knocked or rubbed during sleep.

When you have laser eye surgery at WA Laser Eye Centre, your recovery time will reduce dramatically compared to other procedures. Click here to learn more.

Within 6 hours after your laser eye surgery, your vision will start to become quite clear. We encourage you to go home and sleep during your recovery time, so your eyes can heal. The local anesthetic wears off within half an hour after the procedure, and your eyes will start to feel irritable and very sensitive to light. You’ll find it difficult to keep your eyes open, and they will water for several hours afterwards, which is why it’s best to go home and rest with them closed for a few hours.

You will be given some analgesic tablets, we use Panadeine, to assist you during the recovery time. You can take more of these if you like, or any analgesic medication you are comfortable with, such as Panadol or Nurofen, later if required.

The following day after your laser eye surgery, you will attend a post-operative consultation. Our surgeon will check your eyes and give further post-operative instructions regarding eye drops and recovery care.

The Recovery Time Frame

You will be able to make out your surroundings immediately after the procedure. After approximately 6 hours your vision will become quite clear. Your vision will continue to improve day by day for a week or so after your laser eye surgery. You will also be aware of further subtle improvement for up to 3 months.

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What to Expect after Laser Eye Surgery

  • Expect some variability in your vision in the first few days after your laser eye surgery. Your vision can initially be a little hazy and sometimes fluctuate, even as you blink. You may find it more difficult than usual with prolonged computer work or reading to start with, and you may notice that your eyes get tired easily. It’s best to take more than one day off work if you must do a lot of computer work, especially if you are working in an air-conditioned environment, giving your eyes the recovery time, they need.
  • The corneal flap can be shifted or dislocated with a firm rub on the eye in the first month after the procedure, so you need to be very careful with your eyes during this time. There is not a great deal of restriction on your activity, however.
  • It’s fine to exercise, but we advise you to be careful about rubbing your eyes and avoid sweat getting in the eyes for the first week after surgery.
  • Do not swim or use a spa for 2 weeks as this could bring about infection.
  • We also advise no surfing for 2 weeks.
  • No diving or contact sport for at least 1 month after the surgery.

Make an Appointment Today!

If you want to start living a lifestyle free of glasses and contact lenses, then you should consider laser eye surgery. Book an appointment today, and our team of eye surgery consultants at WA Laser Eye Centre can discuss the suitable treatment option for you, and the recovery time.

If you would like to find out more about laser eye surgery and the recovery time, contact us today. Or call our friendly team of eye consultants on (08) 9330 8463.