Many patients and doctors choose LASIK eye surgery because of its fast results. In most cases, patients notice better vision the day after the surgery, many with 20/20 vision or better. In some cases, patients have 20/40 vision, which is still good enough to drive without glasses or contacts in most states. Although some patients may still need to wear glasses or contacts following their surgery, their prescription might be lower than before.
Surgery can produce a handful of complications in patients, including an increased risk of infection. A condition called night glare might also occur, which produces a halo around lights and which patients most often notice in the headlights of oncoming cars when driving at night.
In rare cases, patients may experience regression, which produces success at first but over time causes the patient's eyesight to worsen. If you experience worsening eyesight, tell your eye doctor right away; you might need more surgery.
Finally, patients over 40 may still need to wear reading glasses. Likewise, patients who have had surgery may need to start wearing reading glasses as they pass 40. This is not a sign of regression and is normal.
Recovery time can vary, depending on several factors including whether you had both eyes corrected at one time. Immediately after surgery, you will need rest before leaving the doctor's office. When you go home, your doctor may recommend you rest for several hours. You will also need to take it easy for several days after the surgery. However, if no complications occurr, you may be able to return to work as quickly as the next day.
You may be told not to rub your eyes for several days after the surgery, which could lead to more problems. For some patients, not rubbing their eyes is difficult because of eye irritation. Most patients claim they do not experience pain following surgery, but they have complained of mild eye irritation and discomfort.