After your procedure

Your vision will be noticeably improved almost immediately after surgery, and your eyesight will continue to improve gradually over the next few days. To maximize your eye's healing abilities, we encourage you to go home after the surgery, relax and sleep.

Most patients experience a few of the following symptoms after surgery:

  • Extra sensitivity to light
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • A sensation similar to having dust or an eyelash in the eye
  • Hazy vision, including glare or halo effects around lights at night.

These symptoms usually go away in the first few days after surgery. Hazy vision, glare or haloes at night can persist for longer periods. They tend to occur more often and last longer in patients with higher corrections.

To speed your healing process, we ask that you follow these guidelines for the first few days:

  • Don't drive for a day or two after surgery.
  • Avoid reading, working on the computer or watching TV for the first day. These activities can strain your newly healing eyes.
  • Be careful not to get water in your eyes when you shower during the first week after surgery. (You can use an eye shield to cover your eye if you wish.)
  • Do not rub your eyes for the first two months after surgery.
  • Do not wear eye makeup for at least a week after surgery.
  • Avoid gardening or other activities that may get dust in your eyes until at least a week after surgery.
  • Avoid tobacco smoke and other eye irritants.

You may return to your regular exercise regimen after the first week if you wish, but we recommend that you use protective eyewear when exercising and avoid contact sports for several months. Remember, you have just had surgery and your body is devoting energy to healing. This may leave you feeling a bit more tired than usual for the first few days.