How Long Does The Procedure Take?
The process of undergoing laser eye surgery can take a few months, measured from your first appointment to your last appointment.
The treatment itself should only take about a minute per eye, but this can often be less. If you wear soft contact lenses, you will be asked to remove these at least one week prior to your treatment. If you wear hard lenses, you should cease wearing these at least four weeks in advance, as these can change the shape of your retina and impair the effectiveness of your treatment.
Why Is The Length Of Time Important?
It is important that the right processes are followed to ensure the optimal results of laser eye surgery, and also to make sure the procedure is carried out in a safe manner.
Although the actual time taken to perform the laser eye surgery is fairly quick, it is these safety checks along with the necessary consultations that can take up some time. Prior to treatment, safety checks need to be performed to ensure the laser equipment and surgical equipment used during the procedure as safe. These tests will initially be carried out by the nurses and then double-checked by the surgeon prior to treatment.
The profiles for lasering will be checked by the nurses, surgeons and the laser technicians to ensure there is as little margin for error as possible. While the laser treatment is not a painful process, other treatments can cause you some discomfort. However, ensuring the laser is able to treat you quickly means you will be more comfortable afterwards, so these procedures are necessary. It has also been shown that a quicker treatment process will result in a faster recovery time.
How Much Time Do I Need To Take Off Work?
At this point, your surgeon will also make recommendations for the most effective treatment, and provide you with an opportunity to ask questions as needed. You may be able to return to work straight after this consultation, but your vision will be blurred and highly sensitive to light given that your pupils will be dilated. As such, you will not be able to drive, and if you use a computer for work, you may not be able to see clearly enough to do your job. Following your treatment, you should allow anything from 24-48 hours to a week for a full recovery. Your surgeon will be able to give you a more accurate guideline as to how much time you will need specifically.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
Immediately after surgery, you can expect to experience some side effects.
These could range from mild to moderate, but if you experience any severe pain or discomfort after surgery, you should return to the clinic. As your eyes may feel dry and itchy, you could be tempted to rub them, but doing so can cause infection. You may therefore wish to wear glasses that can stop you from touching your eyes, and speed up the recovery process. A full recovery should happen within seven to 10 days, at which you should be able to resume normal activities such as driving and returning to work. You will likely have to attend a follow-up appointment within a few days to monitor progress and ensure there are no signs of infection, and to check the success of the surgery.
After your laser eye surgery, you can expect to have your vision fully restored in the following 24 and 48 hours. In some cases, it may take longer than this, but if your vision has not improved over the next 72 hours to four days, you should follow up with your clinic immediately.
How Long Will It Take To Recover?
The recovery time will be highly dependent on the type of surgery you’ve had, but in most cases, you will be fully recovered within two days of having surgery (provided there are no complications).
As you leave the clinic, your eyes will be covered with protective cotton pads, which should remain in place for the following 24 hours. Your surgeon will also provide you with antibiotics to fight the onset of infection, along with eye drops to help calm any inflammation. Although you may be recovered in two days, your surgeon will likely recommend you take three days off just to be sure. Although your eyes may feel dry and itchy, rubbing them can cause infection, and so this should be avoided. You should also refrain from driving for up to ten days if you have undergone bilateral surgery.