If you want to have great vision without relying corrective lenses, it's important that you visit our Toronto laser vision correction practice. During your visit, we can determine if LASIK surgery is an ideal option for you and your needs. The procedure itself is rather straightforward, though there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to surgical recovery. We'd like to take a few moments to go over the basics of LASIK recovery so you have a general understanding of what to expect.
About LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery is a refractive procedure that is performed to reshape the cornea. It is an ideal treatment option for refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. When you meet with our laser eye surgeons in Toronto, they will determine if LASIK is the ideal treatment option for you.
Weeks prior to LASIK surgery we'll recommend that patients not wear their contact lenses. Wearing contacts will affect the shape of the cornea. The cornea will revert to its natural shape once contacts have not been worn for a while. Patients should also refrain from drinking and smoking for a few weeks prior to surgery since both can affect recovery.
What to Expect the First Day After LASIK Surgery
It's important that patients arrange for transportation to and from the practice. Immediately after Toronto custom LASIK, patients should avoid driving themselves anywhere and instead just rest their eyes. Patients should not read, watch television or movies, use the computer, or an engage in any activities that involve the eyes for the first 24 hours following surgery.
Recovery During First Week Post-LASIK Surgery
During the first week after LASIK surgery, it's important that patients not rub their eyes. Showers should be avoided for the first day or two after surgery to prevent water from accidentally getting into the eyes; baths are recommended instead. Patients should avoid consuming alcoholic beverages for a few days after LASIK and should also avoid smoking or being in any smoky environments. When outdoors, it's recommended that patients wear sunglasses to prevent direct sun exposure to the eyes. Makeup should not be worn around the eyes during this first week after surgery.
Complications and Adverse Side Effects to Keep in Mind
After laser eye surgery, some discomfort is natural, but any undue discomfort should be reported immediately so that we can address the matter in a timely fashion. This may be a sign of infection or complications with the cornea, and the sooner we can address this, the better. Patients may also notice issues with dry eye for some time, which can be dealt with effectively through the use of eye drops.
Life After LASIK - The Road Ahead
As the weeks and months progress, you will be able to return to normal activities. Discomfort will gradually abate, and you may also notice that your vision steadily improves beyond the initial correction. Some patients will notice visual side effects such as glare and halos for a few weeks or a few months, but these often fade given time.
Learn More About LASIK Surgery and Vision Correction
For more information about LASIK surgery and topics related to eye health and vision correction, contact our Toronto laser eye surgery center today. Our entire team of professionals looks forward to your visit and helping you make the best possible decision about your eyesight.