LASIK Recovery in Melbourne: What to Expect After the Procedure

If you’re looking for an effective and safe eye surgery LASIK is an extremely reliable option that provides suitable patients with clearer vision and a better quality of life. You may be wondering what to expect after the procedure. Fortunately, the recovery process is generally minimal and you can return to most regular activities within 48 hours.

NewVision Clinics are here to guide you through every step in getting LASIK in Melbourne, including providing post-procedure recovery tips tailored to your lifestyle. Below, we go over some of the potential side effects and general recovery tips after getting LASIK surgery.

Mild Pain and Discomfort

Immediately following the procedure, it’s common to experience some mild itching, burning sensations and soreness along with light sensitivity and a feeling like there is something in your eye. This can vary from barely noticeable for some patients to quite uncomfortable for others. Either way, these sensations shouldn’t last more than 2 to 4 hours. We recommend getting someone to drive you home after the procedure.

Antibiotic Eye Drops

After your LASIK surgery, you will be given special antibiotic eye drops to aid in recovery. These drops prevent inflammation and infection while combating dryness as your cornea heals. You will use the lubricating drops for several weeks after the procedure.

Follow Up Appointment

Immediately after getting LASIK surgery, your eyes will be covered with transparent eye shields to help prevent bumping or rubbing at your eyes overnight. The day after your surgery, you will come back in for a follow-up appointment where these shields can be removed. This appointment also involves an eye exam to ensure the procedure went as planned and that your eyes are responding well to the treatment. You may be scheduled for additional follow-up appointments based on your circumstances and treatment plan.

What to Avoid

When it comes to eye surgery LASIK offers one of the shortest recovery times. There are, however, a few things you should avoid during your immediate recovery period:

  • Avoid screens for 24 hours to help your eyes rest
  • Avoid dust, smoke and garden work for the first week
  • Do not use eye makeup for a week
  • Avoid swimming or submerging your head in water for 2 weeks
  • If you spend a lot of time looking at screens, aim to take regular breaks for the next 2 to 4 weeks. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.

Book a Consultation for LASIK in Melbourne

If you’re considering eye surgery, LASIK may be a suitable treatment option to correct your vision. To find out more, call the team at NewVision on 1800 20 20 20 or book a consultation online to visit our clinic in Melbourne.