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How long is LASIK recovery time?


LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a popular refractive eye surgery, and recovery time for surgery conducted at Narayana Nethradhama is relatively quick compared to other surgical procedures. However, the recovery timeline can vary based on individual factors and the specific details of the surgery. Here's a general overview:


1. Immediate Post-Op: After the procedure, patients might experience a burning or itching sensation in the eye. It's common to feel some discomfort or mild pain, and your eyes may tear or water for a few hours. Vision will likely be hazy or blurry. It's important to rest your eyes and avoid rubbing them.


2. First 24 Hours: Many patients notice improved vision within the first day after LASIK. However, vision might still be somewhat hazy. Most surgeons will schedule a follow-up appointment within the first 24 to 48 hours to check the healing process and ensure there are no complications.


3. First Week: Over the course of the week, vision continues to improve. Most of the common side effects like hazy vision, glare, and halos around lights decrease during this time. It's essential to avoid certain activities like swimming or using a hot tub to prevent potential infections.


4. First Month: By this time, the majority of patients have achieved 20/20 vision or their expected outcome. However, some might still experience dry eyes or other minor visual disturbances. It's crucial to keep all follow-up appointments with your surgeon, as these check-ups can identify any issues that might need further correction or treatment.


5. Three to Six Months: For most patients, the healing process is complete within three to six months. By this point, any residual dry eyes, glare, or other visual disturbances should have resolved. However, some patients might continue to experience dry eyes for a more extended period.


It's essential to note that while many patients see noticeable improvements in their vision within a day or so after the procedure, the full recovery and stabilization of vision might take several months.


Always follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon at Narayana Nethradhama, and report any unusual symptoms or concerns immediately. Regular follow-up appointments are essential to ensure a smooth recovery and the best possible visual outcome. Consult our eye care specialists at our hospital in Delhi.

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