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One of the most common, and first asked, questions about LASIK eye surgery is, “What will happen after my surgery?” We understand that recovery time is a primary concern of our patients, so we have detailed the list of instructions that we give each patient to follow after their laser eye surgery. We want our patients in Greater Cleveland to be as best prepared for the LASIK surgery experience and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) surgery as possible.

LASIK Post-Operative Instructions

  • The most important post-LASIK surgery instruction: Do not rub your eyes!
  • On your surgery day, you will be given a LASIK post-operative eye drop schedule. In the hours and days following your surgery, you should follow this schedule precisely.
  • Immediately after your surgery, you should keep your eyes closed and try to sleep for three to four hours. For the first four days and nights following your LASIK surgery, wear the eye shields or goggles provided by LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland.
  • You may experience a temporary burning sensation in your eyes for the couple of hours immediately following your laser eye surgery. This is normal and will subside.
  • When showering after your surgery, be sure to close your eyes while washing your hair and face, and specifically avoid rubbing around your eyes or eyelids.
  • There are several recommended restrictions in the days following your LASIK surgery. Those include:
  • Avoid heavy exertion for the first few days.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol for the first few days.
  • Do not swim in pools, lakes, or the ocean for one week.
  • Do not use a hot tub for three to five days.

PRK Post-Operative Instructions

Many of the post-operative instructions for patients undergoing PRK surgery are similar to those undergoing LASIK surgery.

  • Do not rub your eyes!
  • On your surgery day, you will be given a PRK post-operative eye drop schedule. In the hours and days following your surgery, you should follow this schedule precisely.
  • Immediately after your surgery, you should keep your eyes closed and try to sleep for three to four hours. For the first four days and nights following your PRK procedure, wear the eye shields or goggles provided by LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland (LVC).
  • Your eyes may be scratchy and irritated for several days. This is normal for the first three to four days following PRK surgery.
  • It is also normal to experience light sensitivity and hazy vision. Recovery time varies for each patient.
  • Do not attempt to remove the bandage contact lens. This will be done at your post-operative visit at LVC.
  • When showering after the procedure, be sure to close your eyes while washing your hair and face, and specifically avoid rubbing around your eyes or eyelids.
  • There are several recommended restrictions in the days following your PRK surgery. Those include:
  • Avoid heavy exertion for the first few days.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol for the first few days.
  • Avoid wearing eye makeup for a few days.
  • Do not swim in pools, lakes, or the ocean for three weeks.
  • Do not use a hot tub for two weeks.

If you have questions about either LASIK surgery or PRK surgery post-operative instructions, please give our team a call. We are happy to answer your questions and provide additional information.

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TJ Ward World Champion Pro Football Player

"Thanks to the staff at LASIK Vision Centers of Cleveland and Dr. Eippert for providing excellent and professional care to improve my vision on and off the field."

Kenneth Jordan Google Local Guide

"Everything went extremely well. They are very thorough about everything from beginning to end. I wish I would have done this a long time ago. I couldn't be happier. Quick, easy, fairly fast recovery. I was able to see perfect within 24 hours."

Matt Fetter

"I had my LASIK surgery a few days ago, and I definitely wish I had committed to doing it years ago. From start to finish, the doctors and staff at LVC were fantastic. They answered all of my questions and really put my mind at ease about the procedure. I am now seeing 20/20 (actually, 20/15 in one eye) and it’s fantastic."

Jessica Bocian

"LVC is amazing. The customer service they provide is wonderful and I highly recommend them to anyone in need of Lasik."

Samantha Arotzarena

"I was referred to LVC by my eye doctor, and I am so glad he partnered with this amazing team. Everyone in the office is extremely helpful and very caring. Dr. Eippert is an amazing surgeon and is very clear on what he needs from you as a patient. He took the time to call me after my surgery to make sure I was still doing ok. LVC has top-of-the-line equipment which makes for an easy and painless surgery. I have recommended LVC to all my friends and relatives looking to get Lasik. I would not go anywhere else!"

Dagmar de Lange

"Best thing I ever did! I just did my one week follow-up appointment after LASIK last week and I have 20/20 vision! Dr. Eippert and his team made this whole experience so comfortable and easy. Dr. Eippert even called me the evening after the surgery to make sure I felt fine. I highly recommend Lasik Vision Centers of Cleveland!"