After Bladefree LASIK
The First Day after Bladefree LASIK
Following the Bladefree LASIK surgery you should go home and rest.
You will experience some discomfort. Unlike PRK or LASIK, this discomfort will be felt for only about 12 hours. Once you wake up the next morning, you should be fine. We will provide you with pain medication to be used as needed as well as ophthalmic drops to enhance healing, and to reduce inflammation.
You can expect your vision to be a fairly blurry, immediately after surgery. Don’t be alarmed, this is normal. You will have a dramatic improvement by the next morning.
You must not touch your eyes, or rub them for the first 24 hours. This is critical.
You can eat what you like. We would encourage you not to drive on the first day. However, you can watch TV if you like, once your vision starts improving in a few hours.
The First Week after Bladefree LASIK
When you leave the New Vision Laser Center you will be given complete instructions including an appointment for the next day. A typical post-operative follow-up schedule includes examinations the day after, one and six months after. You can discuss with your New Vision Doctor the alternatives if you cannot keep up the follow-up schedule.
With Bladefree LASIK your vision improves more quickly and you may feel comfortable enough to watch TV in a few hours. You will be using 3 different drops for 5 days, and artificial tears for about 2 months after the procedure.
- Wear good sunglasses
- Avoid rubbing your eyes.
- Avoid swimming, water parks etc. for a month
- Showers are fine, just avoid splashing your eyes with water for a few weeks. Do clean the areas over the eyes and around them.
- Avoid dusty or smoky environments.
The First Year after Bladefree LASIK
However, after Bladefree LASIK, vision stabilizes within a day, with a slight improvement over a week.
Recovery is generally faster with Bladefree LASIK than with all other procedures, including LASIK and Surface Ablation or ASA.
With Bladefree LASIK, although the flap is relatively secure in one week, we advise you not to rub your eyes hard for at least a month.
In a small percentage of patients, there may be a need for an enhancement procedure, to further reduce any refractive error that may have been left behind after the procedure. Generally, any enhancement necessary will be carried out after 2-3 months, after vision has stabilized. New Vision Laser Centers generally carry out all enhancements necessary free of cost.