The Importance of Post-op LASIK Appointments

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Millions and millions of people have undergone LASIK surgery to improve their vision. State-of-the-art improvements to the procedure and how it’s performed have led to better results and recovery than ever before. Patients who come to our Jacksonville practice for LASIK routinely report that their vision is enhanced and improved.

Following LASIK surgery, patients can expect a few post-op visions to monitor the recovery process. Let’s go over the importance of this aspect of post-operative care.

Why Post-op Visits Are Important

After undergoing LASIK, it’s important that patients visit their LASIK surgeon for followup care. These followup visits to the surgeon help ensure that patients are healing properly and free from any complications. If an eye surgeon should notice any issues during a followup visit, these problems can be addressed as soon as possible.

During these followup visits, patients are encouraged to ask questions and voice their concerns as they arise. This is an excellent way to help patients with the healing process and to better identify potential issues should they arise.

When Is My First Post-op Visit?

For more LASIK patients, their first post-op visit takes place the day after their LASIK procedure. Patients will be driven to the practice for this initial followup visit as a safety precaution. Sometimes vision may be blurry or hazy after LASIK, which is a normal side effect of the surgery. It will revise on its own in a few days to a week, but it can last for a bit in some patients.

During this initial followup visit, your LASIK surgeon will closely examine your eyes and ask questions about the last 24 hours or so. Patients may not notice anything apart from normal itchiness of the eyes. The LASIK surgeon can assess vision quality and make any recommendations as needed based on the patient’s needs.

Can I Drive Home After My First Post-op Visit?

Maybe.

Some patients have good, unimpaired vision 24 hours after LASIK and are able to drive home just fine on their own. Other patients may still experience blurry or distorted vision, which would make driving a potential hazard. Be sure to follow your LASIK surgeon’s recommendations about driving after this followup procedure.

On this note, your LASIK surgeon will be able to give you additional information on when you can resume normal activities, such as rigorous exercise, heavy lifting, swimming in pools, and so forth.

Follow Post-op Instructions Closely

After LASIK surgery, be sure to follow all of your surgeon’s post-op instructions closely. These will help you heal quickly and free from complications. Also follow any modifications to these initial instructions after any followup visit.

How Many More Visits Will I Need?

This can vary from patient to patient depending on the progress and nature of their healing. Most patients will need a few followups to see how healing is going and to monitor the overall results of the surgery. If any complications arise, more followups will be needed to address these issues.

Can I Contact My Surgeon Between Visits?

Of course. Any questions or concerns between followup visits should be brought to the attention of your surgeon. Having these matters addressed sooner rather than later can help you avoid serious issues down the road.

Learn More About LASIK Surgery

For more information about LASIK surgery and how it can help you see clearly, be sure to contact our advanced eye care and vision center today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in greater detail as part of the consultation process.