LASIK surgery using a microkeratome blade has now been replaced by all-laser bladeless LASIK
Complete recovery from the laser surgical procedure can take several months, although you will likely experience better vision almost immediately. Typically, a three-to-six-month window is required for the eyes to heal fully. Most patients are able to return to many of their normal activities within a few days.
It’s normal to experience some itching or burning in the first 24-hours. Resting your eyes for up to four hours and avoiding strenuous activity is important. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully during this time as you heal.
The first month also has some restrictions to help prevent infection. For example, avoid swimming in any water that could be contaminated. Avoid eye makeup and eye creams for at least a week after the surgery. You can resume exercise after the first week or so but avoid anything too strenuous such as contact sports.
Given the individual nature of healing, most patients continue to heal under their doctor’s careful supervision for three to six months after the laser vision correction.
With CustomVue laser surgery, the procedure is less invasive when compared to surgeries that use a microkeratome blade in traditional LASIK. This can reduce some of the potential risks of the LASIK procedure. CustomVue uses ultraviolet light to remove tiny amounts of corneal tissue without penetrating the eye itself.