Normal Symptoms You May Experience After LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
Laser Eye Surgery can seem daunting, and many patients feel anxious during the lead up to their surgery. Because your eyes are so precious, it is not uncommon to feel anxious after the surgery as well, and to worry about whether you are recovering exactly as you should be. If you have any concerns at all, you should not hesitate to contact the clinic where you were treated, as no online information can be a substitute for a conversation with a medical professional. However, to give you an overview, here are some symptoms that people commonly experience immediately after LASIK Laser Eye Surgery:
Immediately after LASIK Laser Eye Surgery, it is normal to have some temporary sensitivity to light. At London Vision Clinic, we recommend that patients wear sunglasses when outside on the day of surgery. Normally, any light sensitivity settles down within 12 – 24 hours.
Irritation and/or dry eyes
It is normal to have some mild discomfort, irritation, or watering eyes on the day of your laser eye treatment. It is important to use your eye drops as instructed by the clinic where you were treated. This will not only make you feel more comfortable, but also helps your eyes to heal more quickly.
Blurred vision and fluctuations
Because the cornea swells slightly after LASIK Laser Eye Surgery, you may see a pale mist across your vision – some patients say it’s like looking through a clear shower curtain. This should clear as the swelling subsides, over about the next 48 hours after surgery. On top of this, some patients have some blurring and visual fluctuations after surgery – this is normal, as your eyes settle down. If these symptoms are still worrying you, or if you feel they are getting worse rather than better, please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic where you were treated.
Pain and soreness
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During LASIK Laser Eye Surgery, anaesthetic drops are used to numb the eyes. Sometimes, the effect of the anaesthetic wearing off means that the eyes start to feel a bit uncomfortable a few hours after surgery. However, if you are experiencing significant pain and it is concerning you, please call your clinic straight away.
With any of these symptoms, you, the patient, are the best judge of what you are feeling. If something – however small – is concerning you, you should contact your clinic for advice. Your vision is far too precious to risk; at London Vision Clinic, we would always rather our patients call us than worry!