Expectations After LASIK
Your procedure will take less than 10 minutes for both eyes and will be minimally uncomfortable. As soon as you sit up right after surgery, you will be able to see distances that you could not see before. However, your vision may be “foggy” for the rest of the day. You may experience discomfort in your eyes for about 4-6 hours. Closing your eyes, combined with regularly applying lubricating drops to the eyes is the best remedy for discomfort. When you wake up in the morning, your eyes will feel normal with no or little discomfort and your vision will be clearer.
It will continue to improve over time. It is common for patients to see halos and star bursts around lights when they are driving at night. This generally disappears in a few weeks.
Expectations After PRK
Your procedure will take about 5 minutes for both eyes and will be minimally uncomfortable. You will see very well as soon as you sit up after surgery. After half an hour, when the anesthesia wears off, you might experience some discomfort. Your vision will remain good. Use of pain medications, eye drops and ice packs may be used if pain is severe.
The discomfort will progressively improve dramatically over the next 2 days. The vision will sharpen and stabilize over the next few weeks. The recovery is partially dependent on healing and age. For example, younger patients generally recover faster than older patients.
Improved Night Vision After PRK
At night and in dark conditions, the pupil becomes larger to permit the maximum amount of light to enter the eye. Laser eye correction needs to take this fact into account. If the optical zone is smaller than the size of the pupil at its largest, there is a good chance that the patient will experience poor night vision or problems with glare and halos around bright objects such as oncoming headlights. ALLEGRETTO WAVE® is able to produce a larger optical zone, virtually eliminating glare and night vision problems associated with older generation lasers.