After LASIK Surgery

Immediately After the Procedure

Most LASIK patients notice improved vision immediately. Before you leave, your surgeon will most likely have you rest in a postoperative room for about an hour. You should also:

  • Have someone drive you home, as most doctors will advise against you driving for 24 hours
  • Stop on the way home to pick up any medications you may have been prescribed
  • Keep your eyes clean and avoid rubbing them
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Adjusting to LASIK Surgery

Some people experience minor problems such as watery or red eyes for the first few days after the procedure, but others are able to return to work the very next day. Your doctor will most likely schedule a follow-up appointment the next week to test your vision and ensure your eyes are healing properly. By this time, you are likely to see as good as or better than you did with contact lenses or glasses.

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Important Information About the WaveLight® Excimer Lasers

WaveLight® Excimer Lasers are prescription medical devices that are approved for use in performing laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) to correct certain kinds of nearsighted (myopia), farsighted (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Only doctors who have been trained in laser refractive surgery (including laser calibration and operation) should use an WaveLight® Excimer Laser.

You should not undergo LASIK surgery if you are pregnant or nursing; if you have a collagen vascular, autoimmune or immunodeficiency disease; if you show signs of keratoconus or any other condition that causes a thinning of your cornea; or if you are taking isotretinoin (Accutane*) or amiodarone hydrochloride (Cordarone*). The most common risks of LASIK vision correction surgery with refractive lasers include dry eye syndrome; the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including halos, glare, starbursts, and double vision; and loss of vision.

Talk to your doctor and review the appropriate WaveLight® Excimer Laser Patient Information Booklet for your condition to learn more about the potential risks and benefits for laser refractive surgery. For further information, please refer to the additional Important Product Information on this site, or FDA’s web page on LASIK surgery.

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