Optometrist Questions Lasik Eye Surgery

After a LASIK surgery when can I expect my vision to become normal?

I underwent a LASIK on my both eyes. My right eye was clear but my left eye has blurred vision. It has been about 5 days since I underwent the surgery. By when will my eyesight become normal again?

10 Answers

The short answer is "it depends". Certainly the condition should be checked out by your eye doctor. Standard recovery checkups for post-Lasik surgery are at 1-day, 1-week, 1-month, 3-months, & 6-months. This planned follow-up visit can be changed at any time by the doctor that is providing the care to monitor your healing-up phase. If it's been 5 days, then your 1-week progress visit is probably already scheduled within the next 48 hours, so be sure to bring up your blurry vision as a concern at that time. However! If you are experiencing any sort of PAIN, or if the blurriness is WORSENING, then DO NOT WAIT! Pain and/or worsening vision can be symptoms that you are experiencing a complication from surgery and need immediate attention. What you should do if that's the circumstance; 1) phone the office of the doctor providing your follow-up care and let them know that you need to be seen asap. They are trained to provide this care. 2) Lube, lube, lube - add copious amounts of non-preserved artificial tears until you are seen by your follow-up doctor. 3) If you are not able to see your follow-up doctor, or the surgeon, then go to the Emergency Room and request to see the eye doctor on call. This is not a "wait and see what happens" kind of condition. Hope that helps!
I would ask your Lasik surgeon. It all depends on what your prescription was like prior to surgery.
After LASIK, it may take up to a month to let the cornea swelling to go down. You would need to be on your eye drops as directed. Dry eye treatment is recommended after LASIK. LASIK disrupts some of the cornea nerves so you may not feel the dryness when your eyes are actually dry.


James K. Miyasaka, O.D.
If you're still having blur after your LASIK procedure, one of the things to check on is if you're using your preservative-free lubricants enough. Some patients require more moisture supplementation than others (ie. 1 drop per hour while awake). The first thing I would do is step up the lubrication. Your docs (surgeon and co-managing doctor if you have one) should be notified as well. Protocol for most LASIK patients is to check in with them at 1 day, 1 week, and 1 mo after their procedure. I've noticed that many patients will get a little cloudy during their first mo, but usually are pretty great at their 1 mo visit (if they have been following their drop protocols pretty consistently). So, if you're having a little blur after your procedure, but your doctors look and say you're doing pretty well, many times it's best to just be a little more patient (and of course, NO rubbing)
Usually after 1 week, you start seeing objects clearly. Some patients may experience some blurred vision and fluctuations in their vision for several weeks after LASIK. If your condition persists, please consult your surgeon.
Full recovery and results in three months.
Your surgeon should be checking your eyes at frequent intervals. If your vision is not right, you need to see him/her ASAP to make sure everything is okay. Sometimes a revision has to be done, but sometimes it is a complication.
Your vision can fluctuate for several weeks. Most of the time it is related to dry eyes. I would recommend using non preserved artificial tears at least every four hours for the first month. I like to check our LASIK patients at 1 day, 1 week, 1 & 3 months to monitor their healing. I would recommend you mention your vision fluctuations to your doctor at the 1 week visit.

Vissett Sun, OD, FAAO
Usually there is some fluctuation in vision after LASIK for at least the first month secondary to swelling and dryness. You should be using your medication and tears. See your doctor for your follow-up care.
Everyone heals differently after surgery. Mostly, people take a week or two to get clear corrected vision. If you notice blurriness/pain even after 1-2 weeks, please consult with your doctor.