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What Is the Recovery Time After Monovision LASIK?

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What to Expect Following the Monovision Procedure

Monovision surgery is a type of refractive surgery where one eye is corrected for distance vision, while the other eye is corrected for near vision. This is done to reduce the need for reading glasses or bifocals as people age. Recovery time after monovision surgery can vary from person to person and depends on several factors, including the specific procedure performed, the individual’s overall health, and how well they follow post-operative instructions.

If you are considering Monovision LASIK, be sure to check out our Monovision LASIK Guide.

Here’s a general timeline of what you might expect during the recovery period after monovision surgery:

  • Immediately after surgery: You may experience some discomfort, mild pain, or a foreign body sensation in your eyes. Your eyes may be sensitive to light, and your vision may be slightly blurry. 
  • First few days: Most people are able to resume regular activities within a day or two after the surgery, but it’s essential to avoid strenuous activities, rubbing your eyes, and getting water directly into your eyes during this time. 
  • First week: You may still experience some blurriness and fluctuations in vision as your eyes heal. It’s common to have fluctuations between near and distance vision during this period. 
  • First month: By this time, most people see significant improvements in their vision. However, it’s essential to continue using any prescribed eye drops as directed by your surgeon and attend any follow-up appointments. 
  • Full recovery: It can take several weeks to a few months for your vision to stabilize completely and for you to fully adapt to the monovision correction. During this period, your brain will adjust to using one eye for distance vision and the other for near vision.It’s crucial to follow your eye surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery and optimize the results of the monovision surgery. Attend all follow-up appointments as scheduled, and communicate any concerns or issues you may experience during the recovery process.

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