Recovery FAQ's

What can I expect immediately after LVC?

You should expect some blurry vision and haziness immediately after surgery. Your eyes will water quite a lot and will be very sensitive to light and may feel ‘gritty’ and irritable, however, clarity should improve by the very next morning for LASIK treatments and in about 3 to 4 days with T-PRK treatments.

How long will it be after the treatment until I have useful vision?

Your eyesight should stabilise and continue to improve within a few days. LASIK patients tend to achieve useful vision within 48 hours, while T-PRK patients achieve the same within 3 to 4 days.

How long do I need to use the plastic shields?

These are used with LASIK treatments only. The plastic shields provide protection for your eyes and stop you inadvertently rubbing your eyes when you sleep. You can take the shields off before coming in for your next day post operative appointment. You will need to wear the shield at night for a week.

How much time will I need to have off work?

Individual healing time is the major determining factorfor when you feel comfortable enough to return to work. Usually, however, useful vision starts to establish during the first week. While the healing time differs for PRK and LASIK, we generally recommend that most people take 1 week off work after their procedure (or occasionally longer, depending on your occupation).

How soon can I play sport after LVC Surgery?

We advise that you avoid swimming and contact sports for one month after surgery. Jogging, walking and gym exercise are fine to resume within one week of treatment.

What are the prescribed eye drops for and when should I use them?

These eye drops are given to help make the eyes more comfortable following surgery and to reduce the chance of infection. Your surgeon will advise on when and how to administer the drops.

Why are lubricant eye drops also required?

Some people experience a dry gritty sensation for a period after their surgery. This can be alleviated by use of lubricant drops. These are for comfort and not essential for healing.

Tips to a Fast Recovery

Don’t rub your eyes: it is important to make sure that you avoid rubbing your eyes, though you may instinctively want to. With LASIK, while the corneal flap is healing during the first 7 days following surgery, there is a slight risk of displacement with the friction of rubbing.

Eye Drops: you will have been given eye drops as part of your post-surgery plan. Administer the drops as prescribed, when applying the drops, remember to wash your hands first, to minimise the risk of infection.

Get plenty of rest: as much as possible! Sleep is the only time our bodies have a real chance to repair.

Stay in clean environments: avoid smoky or dusty environments as well as areas with chemical vapours, such as science labs, printing shops. Likewise avoid any strenuous exercise for the first few days and particularly contact sports for about a month.

Make-up: avoid wearing eye make-up for at least two weeks after eye surgery.

Wear sunglasses: your eyes will be light sensitive after laser eye surgery. Avoid extreme levels of sunlight and when you go outside - wear sunglasses.


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