How Long Does it Take to Recover From LASIK?

September 30, 2023


Are you looking for a way to improve your vision without wasting all your vacation time at work? LASIK is a fast, effective form of laser vision correction. It can give you clearer vision within 1 day and results lasting many years. Majority of people who have LASIK no longer need glasses or contact lenses.. 

What is LASIK Laser Eye Surgery?

LASIK, which stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a way to correct common blurry vision caused by refractive errors; these include nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. This quick procedure results in clear vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses.

During LASIK, your eye surgeon uses a femtosecond laser to create a flap in the surface of your cornea, the clear structure at the front of the eye. They then use an excimer laser to reshape the cornea for your specific prescription. Adjusting the shape of the cornea lets light properly focus onto the retina, resulting in clearer vision. The procedure typically takes 10-15 minutes per eye, and you will not feel discomfort. 

Laser Vision Correction with LASIK Edmonton

How Long Does it Take to Recover From LASIK?

LASIK offers a fast recovery that lets you return to your normal routine within 2 days. While everyone’s healing experience is different, most people will notice significant improvements within one day after surgery.  Most people can drive and return to work within 2 days from surgery

Some minor side effects may occur during recovery. These include dryness, glare from bright lights, and irritation. These sensations usually resolve within a few days. You will receive prescription eye drops, which you should apply exactly as instructed. The eye drips will help you heal quickly and without complications. 

Am I a Good Candidate for LASIK?

Most adults with healthy eyes and mild to moderate (diopter) prescriptions are good candidates for LASIK. You may be a good candidate if you have:

  • Stable glasses or contact lens prescription for more than 1 year
  • Age greater than 21 years old
  • Myopia (nearsightedness) -1D to -8D
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness) +1D to +4D
  • Regular Astigmatism 1D to 4D
  • Sufficient cornea tissue

LASIK is beneficial for those who want effective vision correction with minimal recovery time. However, it is not recommended for everyone. We may suggest a different type of refractive eye surgery if you have chronic dry eye or thin corneas. A consultation and eye examination will determine whether your eye health and vision prescription make you a good LASIK candidate. 

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We’d love to help you get all the information you need in order to make the best choice for your eyes. Request a consultation today! Our staff is available and happy to answer your every question.

What are the Benefits of LASIK?

LASIK has many benefits for the right individual. If you have this procedure, you can expect:

  • Improved vision within 2 days
  • Minimal time away from work
  • Long-lasting results
  • Reduction or elimination of the need for corrective lenses
  • Freedom to engage in activities without worrying about glasses
  • No need to purchase new contacts or glasses regularly
  • Available financing for affordability and convenience

Learn more about how LASIK can change your life by scheduling your consultation with the eye surgeon today. LASIK is only one of the many types of vision correction precedures we offer.  

Dr. Wu helped me get Lasik and now my vision is great! No more contacts or glasses. I had dry eye afterwards but that was expected; followed instructions and now all is good. Thank you!
John w.

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